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Letter: Offensive proposal

February 22, 2014

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To the editor:

This latest proposal to legalize discrimination against gays by allowing business to deny them goods and services is so blatant and offensive that Kansas has got not just the attention of the other states and the federal government, but even nations in Europe and other civilized societies. They are asking “What in the world is happening in the land of the formerly free?”

Next we have the suggestion that the inside of your car gives you the right to expect privacy so that in Kansas you may carry loaded guns despite the fact that one out of eight or ten cars you meet at after 11 p.m. may be operated by a legally impaired   driver who also may have with him or her a firearm that is also loaded. The right to expect privacy would seem to imply that police officers would have to have a warrant to search if the offending evidence is not in plain view? Just how stupid and dangerous would this be?

One wonders just what their attitude is going to be toward interracial marriage? Going back a few years and examining Mississippi’s record should act as a probable guide.

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Abdu Omar 1 month, 3 weeks ago

"It hurts when I do that", he said. "Well so stop doing it". she said.

So don't hold hands. My wife and I don't hold hands anymore, not because I don't love her, but out of respect for our age and we don't give displays of affection in public, a normal thing.

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Abdu Omar 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Well, men are men and women are women, sometimes you can tell them apart and sometimes not. BUT, although I know a few who are homosexual, they don't have it tattooed on their forehead and if they walk into a restaurant, who is to know that they are gay? So how can anyone really? Can you tell by my appearance if I am Christian, Jewish, Buddhit or Muslim? I don't think so. So how will those who want to discriminate know who to discriminate against unless there is a big deal made out of it.

Now, I am not for any kind of discrimination and think that the Kansas Legislature is totally wrong in denying people of the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that is guaranteed or that all are created equal. But in order for anyone to discriminate they must know you are in the group they don't like. How will they know?

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Brock Masters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

MerriAnnie You wrote, "Every group of people who gather for a purpose will reject any members who are averse to their purpose."

You're right, but a group should be accepting of those that gather for the same purpose and not discriminate based on gender or race. A person can't change their gender (well generally speaking) and their race.

A hair salon that does not hire stylist that can cut black hair because they don't want blacks in their shop is wrong. A hair salon that hires stylist that specialize in black hair isn't discriminatory but catering to a specific clientele. Nothing wrong with doing so.

Nothing wrong in my opinion for a group to form to combat black or gay discrimination provided they do not exclude members based on race or sexual orientation. However, a group that is formed to promote only black businesses while legal is wrong. It is discriminatory based on race.

Would we tolerate a group that promotes only white businesses? That is the litmus test. Insert white or straight and if it is acceptable then it is cool, if it wouldn't be accepted then it is wrong.

A scholarship open to only one group based on race, gender or sexual orientation is wrong. Again, would we tolerate a scholarship open only to whites or straights? Nope.

Racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination is an attack on a group based on things they cannot control. They are born a race, a gender and with a sexual orientation. And, the attack is just as harmful when it is a minority group doing it against the majority.

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Brock Masters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Not all discrimination is bad and we all discriminate to a certain degree in our lives. With that said, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation and religion is wrong. Only an ignorant person would discriminate against someone for their race, etc.

I adhere to the belief that two wrongs do not make a right and live my life based on what I believe to be right and not on what others do wrong.

However, it is challenging to take the right path when those who wail and cry about discrimination actively discriminate themselves. For example, it is difficult to sympathize with the LGBT community about the discrimination they face when they actively discriminate against others based on their sexual orientation. Simple Google "gay events" or "gay scholarships" and you will find many events and scholarships not open to people who are not gay. This is discrimination based on sexual orientation and is wrong.

I will continue to support a person's rights regardless of race or sexual orientation, but I wish the LGBT would practice what they preach. Demonstrate non-discrimination, model the behavior you wish others to follow and you will find more success.

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Larry Sturm 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The religious right in this country are as bad as the Muslim extremists except they haven't started killing people yet. Or have they?

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