Can't We All Just Get along on Topics of Gays, Racism?

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Can't We All Just Get along on Topics of Gays, Racism?


Byline: Burt Constable

Whenever I write columns about homosexuals or racism, colorful readers come out of the woodwork to set me straight.

After watching the "Ellen" TV show's "lesbian" episode in the company of lesbians and parents of gay offspring, I wrote a column about them. These folks talked about compassion, love, struggles and hopes, and didn't once mention sex acts.

But the first reader response I get includes a graphic comic book titled "Doom Town" with drawings of burly, sweaty men with 5 o'clock shadows wearing dresses and kissing. Although I get the impression the artist enjoyed his work a little too much, the book bills itself as a religious publication.

"God does not want Homo's or anyone else to suffer the consequences of eternal damnation," writes Joe Stumpfoll of Wheeling in the note he includes with the book.

("Doom Town" and other scary stuff is on the Internet at www.chick.com. But be careful. Type in "chicks" and you get pot smokers and a naked woman.)

When I phone Stumpfoll, he very politely points out he is merely exercising the same First Amendment rights granted TV sitcoms and newspaper columnists.

"Just because the media is liberal and promotes alternate lifestyles doesn't mean the public has to have it jammed down their throats," concludes Stumpfoll, who notes he did not see the "Ellen" show. "We watched the Bulls defeat the Bullets that night."

That news must delight God. Unless, heaven forbid, She roots against any team that features cross-dresser Dennis Rodman.

In another column, headlined "Matter of art vs. profanity is black and white issue," I noted that the musical "Sunset Boulevard" contains the F-word and other profanities but is not subject to the warning labels and ratings that rap songs get.

"Well, here we go again," writes Marty K. of Lombard. "The favorite refrain of liberals today: 'It's racism. …

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