IT was with an ever deepening feeling of revulsion that I read the letter from your correspondent, Catherine Joughin in the issue of
At first I was inclined to treat it with the contempt it deserves and ignore it. But on the basis of evil will always flourish when good men do nothing, I decided to reply to her comments.
She complains bitterly that her views on homosexuality are treated as fundamentalist, that they are mocked and described as homophobic and stem from a bygone age. This is precisely what they are and where they come from.
I don’t particularly care what decision the Church of England comes to regarding gay bishops, neither am I interested in the half baked opinions of its membership.
I am and have been gay from the day I was born, I began to realise that fact when I was about six or seven and ‘came out’ to my friends and family when I was 16 and the full realisation came to me.
I am certainly not at the age of 20 going to forgo the sexual side of my life because of the minority she represents. Contrary to this woman’s view neither myself or any of my friends as far as I can judge, are paedophiles, rapists, sadists or serial killers, the people she associates with us in her spiteful letter.
Like most of her ilk, she falls back to the Bible to reinforce her point of view. This is a book that can be used to condone slavery and frequently was. It also advocates the stoning of any woman caught in adultery. It dates from and was constructed in the main over 2,000 years ago, was put together by an illiterate desert living people and has no relevance in a 21st century Western culture.
Coincidently, it also contains one of the most romantic male to male love stories ever written. The story of David and Jonathon.
If all that makes Catherine Joughin feel that she is living in an alien land, then she is experiencing first hand how hundreds of thousands of gay people felt up to some 20 or 30 years ago. How very ironic. How very apt.