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Letter: Disagreeing: what is prejudice?

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Apparently, some took offense at my letter. I argued that the Gloucester Library should not promote any particular point of view. The point of contention was a "small, tasteful exhibition of LGBT material." The latest LGBT pride advocates "fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists." "Why is this so offensive to Mr. Crowe?" For starters, defining another point of view as prejudice nicely avoids the work of defending a position. The problem here is we disagree at a very basic level about who has the prejudice.

Labeling the opinions of others as prejudice is a poor substitute for rational thought. In saner times, discrimination was seen as a good thing. We discriminate in our choice of friends, reading material, where we choose to live and many other parts of our lives. It is not inherently a bad thing. Our culture, sadly, has been dumbed down. Rightly or wrongly, some see LGBT behavior as...

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