Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

PRESIDENT OBAMA said it best at the January 12 memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting: "As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together."

The president's words also speak to the war of words surrounding homosexuality. So many of us are quick to condemn those who proselytize against gay people-charlatans who peddle a "cure," "pastors" who say God hates us, churchgoers who "love the sinner but hate the sin."

That's not to say we're too quick to condemn; these actions against us deserve denunciation. But imagine how much further we'd get if we pointed fewer fingers and refocused on the movable middle--the folks who might not yet be with us but who are willing to engage in conversations. …

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