Letter: Mixed emotions over display’s removal
As I read the article about the Gay Pride display being removed from the Gloucester Public Library, I felt mixed emotions. I applaud Christians for standing up for the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is very explicit on God’s views on homosexuality. Unfortunately, we are individuals and differ in our opinions. Although we may not accept this lifestyle, we are beginning to understand, through education and the media, that many people have different beliefs than ourselves.
Since this is a public library and not titled as a Christian library, providing that the display was done in good taste, it should not be banned, nor should any other material that may differ from the beliefs of the majority.
This is a poem on the subject of censorship and it may be very controversial. Benjamin Franklin said that if you waited for articles that would please everyone, a newspaper would never be printed. Many suicides have been linked to people being oppressed by those who feel they must be judge and jury. The Bible says to be kind and respectful to all, pray for those who you feel are in need. It states that we are to allow God to be the final judge of us all!
Standing on the promises
I try to stand by the things I have been taught in my life,
Things that have been tested and found to be honest and true.
These qualities like living your life with love and forgiveness
And doing unto others as you’d want them to do unto you!
We live in this country that has fought to be equal and free,
Living in "A Country Under God" is a motto we use.
Accepting those who may not have the same beliefs as we do,
Yet they’re a part of our family having that right to choose.
When we don’t understand another person’s culture or ways,
We believe that because their opinions differ from ourselves,
That it’s right to publicly restrict them from the free society,
Their books banned from display on public library shelves!
I do applaud Christians for standing up for their beliefs,
But if it’s deemed for use of the public you have to agree
The term certainly includes all of the citizens of our country,
Even the minority of individuals with whom we might not agree.
Many of these taboo things that have been hidden in the past,
Topics that in our modern times are brought out into the light,
Because of ignorance many of our people have been persecuted,
Using the policy of tunnel vision that’s taught as being right.
Back in Salem, Mass., women were condemned as witches.
Tried by the jury of their peers and later burned at the stake,
It is a prime example of the age of superstition and prejudice,
From unsettling religious and social conditions we can make.
We should stand by our policies and beliefs as Christians,
In what we all believe as right for the salvation of our souls,
Allowing your God to be the judge of who’s right or wrong,
And stop trying to force the square pegs into round holes!