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Michael L. Schloesser, Fargo, Published November 23 2013

Letter: Freier’s unkind remarks

I was upset by a recent commentary from Tom Freier, executive director of the North Dakota Family Alliance. Freier’s opinion of Fargo’s city fathers and mothers passing a resolution to support the protection of all residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression was extremely negative.

Freier is of the thought that the big black boots of Councilwoman Melissa Sobolik will be pressing down on his First Amendment rights. It seems that Freier and others like him choose not to help anybody who is gay or confused about their gender. This is their right, and their religion says it’s OK? After all, these people have chosen the way they wish to be, why must we tolerate that nonsense?

It kind of sounds like Freier is blaming the Jews, the clergy (of all religions), the gypsies, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the gays for choosing to get sent to concentration camps and suffer every indignity known to man, because they made “the choice” to be who they were instead of the perfect super-humans around them and their laws.

I would find it ill-advised to have Freier guard any of the doors at the homeless shelters in the area or the Rape and Abuse Center. “Sorry, you can’t enter because we suspect that you are gay.” We wouldn’t want to offer warmth, comfort or food to the gay destitute, cold and hungry of this community. God forbid. We wouldn’t want to infringe on Freier’s First Amendment rights.

Now, I don’t believe Freier would honestly act unkindly to anybody in person who was gay or confused gendered or in any way different from him. Freier would suck it up, grit his teeth and let the passive aggression ooze out of him. Quite frankly, I think he would grab a pen, write a letter with lots of big words and high ideals and make as much sense as David Duke.

I’m assuming that his blessed mother, years ago, taught him the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or more simply stated, “Be kind, be nice.” I doubt that his mother gave him exceptions for blacks, Hispanics, Orientals, gays or Indians. Why should he be so upset about anybody abusing his First Amendment rights when karma is coming back to kick his behind for encouraging the black-booting of so many others and their rights.

Truly the immutable fact that God created these people the way he created them should not be considered a cross in life to bear, but a chance to strike out with kindness and understanding.

If he truly believes that gay people “choose” the way they are, then perhaps he should spend considerable more time on his knees praying the gay away from the good residents of Fargo.