Letter: Reader disagrees with letters

The July 6 editorial page with two pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual letters was heavily biased and reflects a deeply flawed viewpoint. Let us be objective and look at the facts, not feelings.

The LGBT lifestyle involves behaviors and choices, not merely possessing a passive trait upon which discrimination revolves. As would be the case in any behavioral subgroup, when we see scientifically documented excessive rates of communicable diseases, depression, suicide, promiscuity, incarceration and child abuse because of a particular behavior or choice such as we see in the LGBT community, it elicits concern and a sincere desire to help them break the cycle of destructive behavior.

We have the same response for any other distortion of natural drives, such as those with eating disorders, anger control, phobias, all of which we would agree deserve our help and treatment.

Rightfully, we also would fight against any discrimination while they deal with their condition.

However, never would it cross most rational minds to applaud unhealthy behaviors for any other group since this would only encourage objectively dismal and costly outcomes. Further, it would be bizarre to then label those who try to guide them to better choices in using their bodies for the purpose for which they were made as hateful bigots or (insert word)-phobic. And so we esteem those who steer patients toward better choices in every area of disordered human behavior — except when it comes to homosexuality. The only difference here is intimidation and a warped sense that all behaviors are equally good.

One writer focused his vitriol on this issue against people of faith, calling them fanatics, extremists, freedom-hating and the “American Taliban,” but historically it is clearly the new secularists who fit this description, not the billions over history who still proclaim that marriage by definition requires complementary sexes.

It is the intolerance of the LGBT lobby that seeks to impose this moral invention on us all with the clear agenda to crush religious freedom.

Indeed, it is ironic that they seek to undermine the roots of Christianity in America’s founding that gave them the very freedom to rant against God or people of faith.

We need not look far back to see how intolerant an atheistic society looks like, whether the Reign of Terror in France, communism or the Third Reich.

In that world, tolerance is merely about power and a pseudo-religious belief that the most powerful are self-appointed gods who spin morality out of thin air, often devouring its own who do not quite fit tyrannical subjective standards. Rather, secularists and atheists should be standing with the church in protecting the freedoms they fostered and that we all cherish.

John Hebert

geologist and radio show host

Baton Rouge