Face your fear and stand with us

What is this, target practice? In that case, go long next time. To Pastor Keith A. Ogden: your “argument” has been countered so many times, it has become redundant and boring [“What's Next, Polygamy Benefits?March 27 Xpress].

Biblical marriage consists not only of polygamy, but also rape, slavery, pedophilia, incest, murder and an assortment of other crimes against humanity. You, as a reader, should know this. But thankfully, the dark and violent days from which the Bible emerged are over.

I respect any belief system as I respect any sexuality, both contingent on one fundamental condition: It should never be forced upon anyone. While you struggle to force the world to fit your narrow perspective, our gay brothers and sisters across the globe are struggling with persecution. Christians, as a once persecuted group, should have the humility to recognize this. Jesus was a brother to all people; he was a defender of the vulnerable and an opponent of blind dogma. I suggest him as a role model.

Opposition to equal rights has nothing to do with religious beliefs. It is a bigoted mindset. Period. To justify personal prejudice with religious pretense is cowardly. To stand for justice in the face of ignorance and hatred takes courage. It isn’t easy, but it’s easier when we stand together. I encourage you as a leader to face your fear and stand with us.

— James Ward
Asheville

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