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April 9, 2012

Controversial social issues should be given clarity

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

In response to Thomas Donegan’s letter dated March 30, I would like to bring to light some of the fallacies presented by him.

Throughout history, edification by the church has been analogous to moral oppression and intellectual slavery.

There are many controversial social and political issues in our society, and it seems we often view them strictly in black and white extremes. I don’t think anyone takes the issues of divorce or abortion lightly and these have been things humanity has struggled with throughout the entirety of its history.

I think it’s a mischaracterization of our society to purport that we just callously support these things.

Licentiousness can have moral or legal implications. Obviously, by the nature of their illegality, we do not condone rape or other such crimes.

As a nation of many religions, what is morally permissible for one person may be reprehensible to another but ultimately none of their business.

The part of Donegan’s letter which I find to be so misinformed that it borders on the offensive, is the logically implausible notion that gay and lesbian people advocate for normalization of a mental disorder.

Pedophilia is a mental disorder, statutory rape is a crime and neither have any relationship to sexual orientation. NAMBLA is an organization that advocates for changes to age-of-consent laws that has nothing to do with same-sex marriage and has been widely rejected by the gay and lesbian community for more than 30 years, essentially since it was founded.

For longer than the United States has been a country, the church has promoted hate and prejudice under the guise of edification.

David J. Dean III

Old Princeton Road

New Castle

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