An atheist voice against Amendment One

The May 16 Mountain Xpress contained a nauseating letter from Joseph Jenkins, a pagan who is also a supporter of Amendment One [A Pagan Voice For Amendment One,” Xpress]. I say shame on you, Mr. Jenkins.

You made the amazingly bold claim that you are not a religious zealot. It seems that the very definition of a religious zealot would be someone who uses religion as a crutch to prop up flimsy excuses for oppressing people they don't like. And that is indeed what you're doing, no matter what you try to call it. You are no better than any of the other hateful members of the religious right.

You also wrote that homosexuality is “unnatural,” which betrays your obviously very feeble grasp of human psychology. Please allow me to give you a refresher course. Oppression exists because,  on a very basic level, some people are desperate for an excuse to feel like they are better than other people. You, sir, and all of the other hateful supporters of Amendment One, should find less harmful ways of fluffing up your egos. I take comfort from the fact that my vote canceled yours out.

— Cody McIntire
Asheville

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