But prejudice against LGBT population in Virginia still exists

More than 60 years ago an English Professor from the University of Virginia was arrested on the basis of his sexual preference. The arrest was featured in the Times-Dispatch and the story moved swiftly through the dorms at U.Va.

The professor returned to his classroom the Monday after the incident and, upon his entering, the whole class arose and applauded. I have cherished that display, bereft of all bigotry, for most of my life. Never have I been prouder of being a graduate from “The University.”

I have watched gays attain more and more civil rights and, with each gain, those applauding students come to mind.

But unfortunately prejudice against gays is still present and no better example of this can be found than in Bob Marshall’s commentary in the Aug. 27 issue of The Star. The issue being discussed stems from Frederick County’s rescinding an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual preference, ostensibly, at the request of Dave LaRock.

In his letter Marshall cites individuals from 40 years ago supporting the notion that local governments lack the authority to create job protections absent legislation from the General Assembly. Times change and I am sure that at least Governor Baliles would be appalled at Marshall’s use of his name.

Far better for Frederick to have left their protection statue on the books than to rescind it. Those students at U.Va. would have taken it to court!

Marshall goes on to remind the reader of his befuddled commentary that LaRock is correct that not all discrimination is inherently harmful. Is he saying that discrimination against fat people, old people, people ticketed, people being given lower insurance, and the list goes on is akin to the experience suffered by members of the gay community. What utter nonsense!

I hope when voters see Dave LaRock’s name on the ballot that they will remember his support comes from a man who has asked the question, “Why should we have special ‘categories’ of persons with special ‘protections?”

Even more discomforting, is The Star’s headline for the Marshall letter, “Lucky to Have LaRock.” I doubt it. The Star goes on to tell us that Bob Marshall served in the General Assembly for 26 years, the inference being that he is one of Virginia’s senior statesmen. We learn that he is the author of “Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives can take back America.”

It is here that readers should reflect on the Spanish philosopher Uno Mundo’s words: “To be silent is to lie.” And omission sometimes constitutes silence. The Star betrayed its readers by not adding the fact that Bob Marshall is the homophobic author of the ill-fated “bathroom bill”, a bill that not even all to the “Christians and Other Conservatives” saw as a means to reclaim the republic.

Walter S. McMann is a resident of Clarke County.

Walter S. McMann is a resident

of Clarke County.

(15) comments

ShruggingAtlas

You know who else liked to use the naivete` of the youth to push disorder? Every communist dictator that ever lived. Measuring the validity of a cause based on youth enthusiasm is a very poor indicator of how "proud" one should be of something. Sodomy and transvestism are disorders, there is no "gay" or "trans" gene, and bad behavior doesn't deserve protection. Stop with the insanity!

Spock Here

And on cue enters he who is fascinated by bedroom behavior. What about this guy, did he "choose" it? : "McKrae Game, 51, is speaking out in a new interview after he announced he was gay in June, about two years after he was fired from Hope for Wholeness, the conversion therapy program he founded in 1999. Like other conversion therapy programs around the U.S., the program aimed to rid a person of their LGBTQ identity through counseling." Further he had the decency to acknowledge 'I Was a Religious Zealot That Hurt People.' You just don't get the fact that we straight people may not understand LGBTQ "feelings" but we don't have to be demeaning.

Ping

"but we don't have to be demeaning" ... hmmmm, something about a pot and a kettle?

ShruggingAtlas

He sure did! Just as you and I choose what to eat and drink, he chose who he wanted to have relations with. I do understand wanting to have those feelings, I AM a survivor of sex abuse, but I guess that doesn't count because I don't agree with you and I've seen what's behind the facade, right Spock? I CHOSE to reject those temptations, just as I CHOSE not to become an alcoholic like my father is. Still think you got me all figured out?

DaWholeTruth

The only people out there "fascinated" and obviously obsessed by bedroom behavior are this "LGBTQ" community - talking about and acting upon incessantly all what ought to be their private proclivities and demanding that all others "accept" behaviors and activities that only up until just a handful of years ago were termed dysfunctions, disturbances, and even psychiatric conditions by mainstream medicine until the P.C. police demanded otherwise. No. Your employer and your coworkers do NOT need to hear of your sexual escapades, nor do children need to be witness to biological men masquerading as some bizarre, perverse, overly-sexualized vision of "womanhood" in public parades that were once deemed safe family entertainment venues.

CRT

So obsessed with what other people do in private. I believe you have stated you are a Catholic. Shouldn't you be more concerned with the child molesting, the cover up of said molesting, the rape of nuns, the forced abortions if those nuns got pregnant, the wild spending by the Cardinal in WV?

Ping

I’m not a Catholic. What are you, CRT....besides the Church of Marx?

ShruggingAtlas

I AM Catholic and I certainly am concerned with those things, but it's not the fault of Church doctrine. I would love to go after the monsters who have abused their positions of authority within the Church, but my hands are tied. I'm looking forward to seeing justice done for those abused, it is disgusting whether it happens in or outside of the Church.



If it was just "private" behavior that wasn't bragged about and forced on children, you might have something, but we see now that the "out and proud" sodomites will not stop until everyone is forced to accept their disordered and disgusting behavior.

CRT

How do gay people "brag" about their sex lives any more than straights do? How is it forced on children? It seems that you think everything but straight up missionary is the only kind of sex that's not "disgusting" and "disordered". You seem to be the one with issues. Get help!

ShruggingAtlas

I guess you don't get out much. Winchester just hosted it's second "pride" event, replete with drag queens, transvestites, and other odd behaviors -- not really private anymore, is it? As for it being forced on children, look know further than Fairfax, Loudoun, and Arlington counties, who have promoted this sickening "choose your gender" nonsense, which is what I believe sodomites and their allies will try to do here, once they get past that pesky "Dillon rule".



I didn't make any mention of other sex positions, so please stay on topic.

Ping

No, CRT, he is quite right when he speaks of people being forced to accept it as a “positive good.”. Just not openly saying anything negative is no longer good enough. You have to bow the knee or face serious political, economic, and/or social repercussions. And, yes, I have known some folks who relate every single thing....even the most mundane of things...back to their sexual orientation. So, just attacking the person, as both you and spock do on a continual basis in these forums, just doesn’t fly.

Spock Here

"Sodomites and their allies"??[alien][alien] seem to be a lot nicer, the people I know anyway, than the so called "Evangelicals" who try to force their beliefs on everyone, and take tax exempt donations for doing that. I simply keep walking. You should too.[alien][alien]

DaWholeTruth

EXCELLENT retort. I am also a Catholic and proud of it for all and more of the reasons you addressed!

DaWholeTruth

And PROUD of being one, unfortunately (as a supposed "adult" you might be aware of this) there are lousy people within ALL walks of life, professions, families themselves & churches & synagogues. The foundation of Christ's church and His faithful will never succumb and the sick, degenerate perverts who seek to infiltrate every venue (including Pre-K's in these instances) shall never prevail. And once yet AGAIN, as you have been TOLD on like posts: NONE of this sickness is executed in "private" GET OUT MUCH YET??????? Pride parades, Drag Queen story-time, gay bars & cruises, special legislation, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. OPEN THINE EYES twisted sister.

DaWholeTruth

Amen - ShruggingAtlas!!!

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