To the Editor, The paid ads circulating in newspapers throughout Nova Scotia are beyond tasteless, they are an insult to the humane inclusive Province of Nova Scotia.
To the Editor, The paid ads circulating in newspapers throughout Nova Scotia are beyond tasteless, they are an insult to the humane inclusive Province of Nova Scotia. When I was born in 1937, events were well underway in Germany that would lead to the extermination of some five million Jewish people, as well as large numbers of Gypsies and gay people. When the Church of Germany was asked why it did little to intervene, their response was much the same as the Nazi leaders who were prosecuted at the Nuremburg Trials: "We didn't know!" I am only one, and not gay, but I have no intention of standing idly by while the gay community, a vulnerable and small minority, is mocked and scorned by paid ads from The People's Gospel Hour. How significant that their chosen texts are from the Old Testament and Paul, with not a single word from Jesus, who for nearly 50 years Pastor Rockwood has affirmed to be the only door to salvation. People in this country are free to believe whatever they want, and have whatever attitudes they choose to have. But when such attitudes are openly declared they cease to exist in the private domain. I am here and now throwing down three gauntlets to The People's Gospel Hour. (1) Provide in a clear and open manner the Biblical justification for your anti-gay tirade, using strictly the teachings of Jesus, the one you declare to be God incarnate. (2) Let the people of Nova Scotia hear from the Pastor, The Official Board, and the people who contribute to the organization and its teachings, why they are targeting a small and vulnerable population, historically persecuted beyond imagination - a population still vulnerable to acts of exclusion and all too often violence. (3) The third gauntlet is to the Churches of Nova Scotia. If you say nothing, then many will conclude that such an attitude is widespread throughout all Churches. I know that not to be the truth, but leaders need to speak out so that the general public may know how things really are. We no longer live in a world where toxic attitudes can be thundered from a pulpit and then swept under the rug, as if nothing unusual was going on. For a vulnerable community, the image of the Church, and for all the people of this province, the answers to the above three questions had better be good ones. Al Farthing, New Glasgow