Your View: Robertson remarks contain hate, not love

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

“They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.” — Phil Robertson describing homosexual traits during a sermon in 2010.
I think most of us are pretty much sick of the whole “Duck Dynasty”/Phil Robertson controversy. Still, I feel the need to say this: I am a Christian who believes in God and salvation, and it just so happens that I was born gay. I try my best to love people for who they are. As a human, I’m imperfect and will likely never achieve the love for others that Jesus has for each of us. I do know in my heart that I am a good person who is just trying to get along in the world the best I know how. I know hundreds of other gay folks who are some of the best people on earth, both Christian and non-Christian. It is not my intention to give the impression that I think gays are better than heterosexuals — we run the gamut when it comes to human qualities, just the same as heterosexuals.
This is why it hurts me and others personally to hear the hate Robertson or anyone else spews in the name of religion. To paint an entire group of individuals with a broad brush stroke is ignorance.
Friends and family know me for my self-deprecating humor, but I don’t think anyone who truly knows me would say I possess any of the negative personality traits described by Robertson. I pray that Robertson will one day find the love for ALL people instilled in me by the God I’ve come to know and worship through church and biblical teachings.
LEWIS WHELESS
High Point
The writer is a member of College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro.

 

YOUR VIEW POLLS

High Point University is proposing a plan that would close Montlieu Avenue through campus and use that land to build HPU’s medical science and pharmacy school facilities. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment. Here is one response:

• EMS vehicles use montlieu to service 5points & pennybyrn areas. What new route will ems & other emergency vehicles take now & will this add to responce times?

Here is a response posted on hpe.com by wayneqsr:
The suggestion in the paper the other day to build an overhead walkway was good, but that idea is flawed. People don’t like to walk up and over, especially in bad weather. Just look at the walkways on Kivett Drive and College Drive. People keep cutting holes in the fences to cut directly across the road so they don’t have to walk up them.
Here’s my suggestion: If you look at the VA Hospital in Salisbury, they have nice wide tunnels running between the various buildings. They look like big hallways with branches to different areas and have elevators where needed. They even have several golf carts to assist those who can’t walk the distances. The tunnels have the advantage of letting you go between buildings without having to go outside in bad weather or dodge traffic to cross a road. It would be much less disruptive and less expensive to put a walkway tunnel or two under Montlieu than to re-route 150,000 cars a month several miles out of their way AND pay for the upgrades for streets, lights and signs to handle the extra traffic they would get. I’m not saying put tunnels between every building, just what would be needed to get students from one side of Montlieu to the other, and maybe even tie in a connector to a couple of the main or most used buildings. Problem solved for everyone!
Just some food for thought.