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Rebuttal to Letter to the Editor

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

I want to thank Gregory Bontz for his Letter to the Editor in reference to my editorial last week regarding Missouri linebacker Michael Sam.
Mr. Bontz first challenges my editorial by, in general, saying that heterosexuals are many times telling what they do “behind closed doors,” referencing many celebrity names. He also noted then that using “my mentality” homosexuals shouldn’t be exposed to what goes on behind the closed doors of heterosexuals.
Well, I actually agree with Mr. Bontz’s statement. Our world is saturated with sexual suggestions, news, and images from both the homosexual and heterosexual communities.
I’d prefer people to just keep their private lives to themselves unless they are participating in a forum that warrants them sharing their beliefs.
The difference in the case of Sam is that he was promoting his lifestyle to a national audience with the purpose of letting everyone know where he stands before the public learned about it another way.
I was then accused of having a belief system promoting the idea that “all gay people are constantly trying to convert others to homosexuality.”
I never said that in my editorial. I was only giving a personal perspective of a guy who once dressed and undressed in a locker room. I shared my personal feelings while noting my opinion that many others who have been in that setting likely share the same point of view.
I also said I had my own personal comfort zone and would always change quickly no matter who was in the locker room.
So, no, I don’t think a homosexual is “purposely going to invade” my space and that is why I have to dress quickly.
But I would admit that I would be thinking about the fact someone with a preference for males was in my locker room. This is just the way I would feel, whether that is considered right or wrong by others.
To your assertion, I do not believe “all gay people are constantly trying to convert others to homosexuality.”
That being said, I’ve had a homosexual one time express his interest in me. He made it clear he wanted a different kind of relationship.
I felt instantly uncomfortable, explained to him my stance on that lifestyle, yet to this day we are still friends.
Though I don’t agree with his lifestyle, it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve always appreciated our friendship and will “treat him as I want to be treated.”
As for the assertion that my understandings of biblical scriptures are “what someone told” me to believe, I firmly disagree.
The research I have done has been on my own. I’ve defended my beliefs countless times on Facebook, for example.
Many churches today do not go back to what scripture says in regards to homosexuality.
To me, it’s pretty clear. I’ll post some verses and let the readers decide.
God first establishes that a man and woman should marry in Genesis 2.
“21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Jesus reiterated this in Matthew 19:4-6.
“4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Leviticus 18:20:22 says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
In Romans 1:27-28 the Bible says “27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
As a Christian, I choose to believe what is in my Bible.
Those with opposing views can disagree with me and that is fine. That being said, I have a First Amendment right to believe in what I choose to. I choose God.
And this is not “hate speech.”  I have not said I or any other Christians should “hate” homosexuals. This is where the proper context of one of the greatest commandments comes in to play.
In Matthew 22:36-40, it says “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
One final charge was directed at my media circus comment describing what Sam and his future NFL team will experience. I am told I am a hypocrite for jumping on the bandwagon and writing about the story.
I defend writing the editorial last week by noting this was a local issue that became a national one. It was hard to avoid the many stories after Sam’s announcement that flooded the internet and news wire.
I thought it would be a good topic for an editorial and it might involve someone responding with their own opinion. Apparently, my instincts were correct and I thank Mr. Bontz for his response.
We might have to learn to agree to disagree and that is okay. I can’t make him see things the way I see them and vice versa.
Thankfully we live in the greatest country in the world. Both of us are exercising those rights. Between freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, we’ve celebrated the First Amendment this week. Again, thank you Mr. Bontz for sharing your passion with our readers.
Ron Schott