To the Editor,
In the time that I've been studying at the University of Waterloo I have felt the need to write to the Imprint on only one occasion. Those that read the Imprint on a regular basis may recall my letter to the editor concerning a violent incident which occurred at Phil's Place on January, 4 1996. Unfortunately, I am compelled to express myself again and comment on another type of "violence." This type of violence arises out of ignorance, stupidity, hatred and bigotry. Specifically, I am referring to Ken Miller's letter to the editor (Imprint, May 31, 1996: p. 10) in which he expresses his thoughts about homosexuality.
I'll get straight to the point. I believe Mr. Ken Miller is a bigot, and of the worst kind. Ken Miller hides behind a shroud of pretty little words and so called "logical arguments" about what he believes is normal and natural. Miller has the audacity to label James Russell "one-sided, narrow-minded and chock full of illogical arguments," when he himself erroneously lumps homosexuality along with rape, murder and incest. It is precisely this kind of obtuse thinking which promotes and justifies hatred and violence against gays and lesbians. I am shocked that Miller can compare consensual gay/lesbian sex or love with everything to do with power. Rape, murder and incest are horrific crimes where one individual intentionally and irrevocably injures another individual (against their will) for his/her own perverted purposes. If you wish to truly understand what homosexual and lesbian sex and love are about, there is ample literature available in the library for you to study (or you may even wish to experience it for yourself).
Ironically, in your letter you censured Russell for not doing his "studies on physiology, sociology... and spirituality of homosexuality," when you have failed to do so yourself. You again demonstrated your ignorance when you stated that "one of the main purposes of heterosexual intercourse is the reproduction of the species." Perhaps you should again consult the library and read up on some important feminist criticisms of this "narrow-minded" thinking. Moreover, you stated that "reproduction is a natural process for any type of animal." Apparently you missed the well-documented research and findings which state that there is a certain percentage of homosexuality in all animals.
I applaud and salute the recent action of our government in successfully instituting protection for gays and lesbians. It provides these groups with formal legal protection from people like you.
Mr. Miller should practice what he preaches. Second, I do not see why gays and lesbians must defend their lifestyle and prove that they are not "harmful to themselves and others." What qualifies Miller to make such judgments about other individuals and the way they conduct their lives?
The Ken Millers of this world should grow-up and "come-out" of the dark-ages. He can argue and debate all he wants about the "morality and goodness" of homosexuality in the name of science, nature and the Bible, but in the end he'll still be nothing more than a bigot.--Ron Bercovici, Political Science
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