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The state director of Concerned Women for America recently wrote a letter (March 11) proselytizing that gays are "actively sinning." Such an archaic and demeaning description deserves a response.

From the writer's statements I sense her organization, with the apple pie name, thinly veils a conservative religious agenda that disturbs me. The writer's skewed portrait of gays and lesbians is not derived from academic expertise, but rather from a flawed religious world view that has yet to enter the modern era.

My nephew is gay and verifies that homosexuality is not a lifestyle. Wearing a leather jacket and riding a Harley is a lifestyle. No one "practices" being gay. And while orientations cannot be changed, lifestyles can. It is not gays, lesbians or transgender individuals who need to do any changing. It is those who practice righteous empowerment by persecuting gays and corroding their dignity with careless use of "sinner" that must do the changing.

Might I ask, what hour of what day did the writer "decide" she was going to be straight? Exactly when was that? That kind of decision was never made by gays, either. My nephew eventually discovered his brain was permanently hardwired to be gay.

Fortunately, he had the courage (how distressing that Concerned Women for America are blissfully unconcerned for the emotional trauma their words provoke) to come out. He is a wonderful, socially conscious young man ever deserving of my understanding and support - not my hostility - because of something he cannot change.

My nephew and all gays deserve new and enlightened social justice. Gays and lesbians are found in every family and every walk of life. Concerned Women for America should thank their God they were not born lesbian and have to endure the brand of injustice they mindlessly dispense.

W. Bennington, Polson

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