My Response to the Editorial of US News & World Report, March, 2006

Editorial by Mortimer B. Zuckerman

Editor in Chief, U.S. News & World Report

I subscribe to U.S. News & World Report and usually read the editorial first. Although I found the March 6, 2006 editorial, “Faith in its Place,” to be helpful, I am disturbed by one statement:
“Today our cherished tradition is vulnerable to an inclination to mix religion with politics over issues like abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research.”

The assumption is that religious people show intolerance for those who think differently, but we should remember that it was religious people who founded our nation and drew up the constitution which outlines our cherished freedoms. I purposely leave stem cell research out of the following argumentations because there are two kinds of stem cell research, and I approve of variants which have proven to be effective and do not involve killing babies.

Proponents of killing unwanted babies base their arguments on their non-religious beliefs. The same is true regarding gay rights, but the agenda of these individuals goes further. They already have the legal right to kill their unborn children and sell the corpses for profit. They also have the legal right to make love to anyone of the same sex. In fact, they have more freedoms than married couples and traditional families, whose actions are defined by traditional laws. Homosexuals and lesbians are permitted to parade their lustful activities in public and teach children in public schools that the homosexual lifestyle is equal to if not preferable to heterosexual relationships. Abortionists are also free to push their agenda in public schools.

But these activists are not satisfied with all that freedom to live, do and teach as they please. They are now attempting to redefine our constitution to make any opposition to their views a criminal offence. In Canada, reading certain verses from the Bible in a church meeting is now a “hate crime”, and there is a strong movement to get the same legislation passed in this country.

If Editor in Chief Zuckerman believes that faith has any place in our society, then where is that place if not in protesting and legally opposing that which believers consider to be wrong?

Editor Zuckerman (Jewish) argues for more tolerance. When Adolf Hitler began annihilating Jews in Europe, most church representatives showed tolerance. Would that have made Mr. Zuckerman happy?

Tolerance requires a standard. Tolerance is the measure of allowed departure from a specified norm.

When people begin to redefine traditionally held views, values, standards, norms or laws, we must be extremely cautious. If those changes even appear to be questionable or unnecessary, that should be sufficient for us to sound an alarm. When groups or individuals reject a long-standing rule and demand the right to live and do as they please, they should be restrained before others are harmed. Demanding tolerance for such a standard-less lifestyle is impossible for me to accept. I will exercise my freedom of speech even if I am jailed for committing a hate crime. I would rather die in the gas chamber of an American concentration camp than submit to such demands.

Ralph V. Harvey
March 8, 2006