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Letter: Pastor Frank Nolton forgets about civil rights

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am

When I read headline “Intolerance and bullying should never be acceptable” in the April 12 letters to the editor, I felt proud. My hopes were quickly dashed.

Pastor Frank Nolton, have you ever heard of civil rights? Not once was that important detail mentioned.

As for your examples of victims, Brendan Eich chose to resign when he realized his self-important comments were going to hurt the Mozilla Corporation’s bottom line.

Craig James was fired by Fox after one week for boldly stating that “gays” would have to answer to the Lord for their sins. He obviously had an agenda that was much different than what he was hired to do. How long would you hold your job if you used the pulpit to give advice about the stock market?

And the most surprising analogy is “Duck Dynasty” kingpin Phil Robertson. He compared homosexuality to bestiality, adulterers, idolaters, drunkards and swindlers, and then arrogantly announced that they would not inherit the kingdom of heaven. His statements were vile. It’s shocking that you would not only defend him, but suggest that he was a victim of bullying.

Chick-fil-A is a restaurant that wants to segregate.

The LGBT is a civil rights organization. They’re fighting against a discriminatory environment for the gay and transgender community. This is not a “left agenda.” Consider the brave words of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln or Rosa Parks. Do you consider these people to be “bullies” or “fascist” or “left-wing?” Do you consider the changes made because of their “agendas” to be unimportant?

At some point in our lifetime or our children’s, gay marriage won’t be an issue. The idea of denying a group of people their civil liberties will be as outdated as the moment we watched George Wallace stand on the steps of the University of Alabama to keep a black student from entering.

And no one is whining. The fact that you consider defending people’s civil rights a “left” agenda is extremely disrespectful to a large community of people. Do you encourage your “flock” to do the same? As a pastor should you not provide a soft, nonjudgmental place to fall for everyone? Your letter sounds like the answer to that question would be no!

Deborah Goni

Lodi

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