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Defending editor

February 20, 2014

To the editor: Mr. Frerich wrote on Feb. 19 that he wants an apology from Mr. Peterson because he used the word “homophobe” inappropriately. I suggest that Mr. Frerich reread the editorial....

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WW07

Feb-20-14 10:40 AM

Homophobe is an inappropriate word. In the seventies it was meant to express fear of being homosexual. Now it is merely another pejorative term meant to brand people as discriminators against homosexuals. It has no place in public discourse. It should not be employed. Period. Those who rely on such a term are fauxbic.

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merioncooper

Feb-25-14 10:58 AM

Per Peterson wrote an "opinion" column. I would hope it has some opinion in it, and that includes having the right to use the word homophobe. Just as Doctor Frerich can express opinion in his letter to the editor. But to demand that Per apologize undercuts Doctor Frerich's own comments about the open exchange of ideas and civil debate. You should not ask for an apology every time you're offended by someone else's opinion. That just leads to the culture of empty apologies that Frerich says he does not like. What if Per were to ask Doctor Frerich to apologize for intruding into Per's opinion space? Per and Doctor Frerich have their opinions, and they've stated them. That's a great thing, but to ask someone to apologize for their opinion is to ask them to surrender that opinion. That is not a great thing.

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Really

Feb-27-14 5:01 AM

Dr. or I mean WW07 , keep writing to the editor please!

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Really

Feb-27-14 5:05 AM

BTW, "fauxbic"???? Thinking like Bill O'Reilly is bad enough but talking like him is obnoxious.

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Really

Feb-28-14 1:29 AM

WW07, When people quit discriminating against gays, we Republican legislators stop introducing discriminatory hate bills, when you/they accept people for who they are, created by God as they are, we can retire the current use of the word homophobe.

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