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Letters to the Editor

People should be themselves

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Robert Lemke’s article “Homosexual Myths.”

First, I am going to ignore two of his three premises. Why? Because one was based on the Bible and the other was nothing more than a personal rant regarding the homosexual lifestyle. However, I will respond to Mr. Lemke’s scientific facts.

Mr. Lemke begins by stating Dr. Simon LeVay “found no genetic cause for being gay.” However, a simple Google search shows that Dr. LeVay’s 1991 study found that the scientific evidence produced led to one inescapable conclusion: “Sexual orientation arises in large part from biological processes that are already underway before birth” and that “This study knocks another nail into the coffin of the ‘chosen lifestyle’ theory of homosexuality.”

Mr. Lemke then quotes Drs. Paul McHugh and Lawrence Mayor as saying “people are not born gay or the wrong gender.” What Mr. Lemke fails to say is that this study was never reviewed by peers and that it used unsound scientific procedures. In addition, the study was funded by the conservative think tank Ethics and Public Policy Center, a group dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical areas of public policy.

Finally, Mr. Lemke cites researchers Peter Bearman and Hannah Bruckner saying “less gendered socialization in early childhood shapes subsequent same sex preferences.” Which is true. However, what Mr. Lemke conveniently forgot to mention is that they also said genetic and hormonal influences are causes for same-sex preferences.

Therefore, Mr. Lemke’s proof actually is not proof. However, I do agree people have to make choices. But the choice should not be whether people are gay or straight. The choice should be whether people should be themselves or conform to someone else’s idea of normality. I choose people being themselves.

Richard Muehler

Elwood

Catholic High School Fair, thank you

To the Editor:

On Sept. 8, parents had the opportunity to meet with eight area Catholic high schools at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School, including Aurora Central Catholic High School (Aurora), Benet Academy (Lisle), Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet), Marmion Academy (Aurora), Montini High School (Lombard), Providence Catholic High School (New Lenox), Rosary High School (Aurora) and St. Francis High School (Wheaton).

Thank you to all the schools that took the time to come and educate families on what each school has to offer and the importance of attending a Catholic high school, and to the families that were able to stop in and learn about these wonderful schools.  

Pam Angelus

Development director, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Plainfield

A mantra of positivity

To the Editor:

I recently was reading a letter in The Herald-News concerning the respect and positivity that all children in our society deserve. Personally, I have been honored teaching, mentoring and coaching at several local high schools.

Ladies and gentlemen, the wonderful teenagers who I work with truly deserve the right to grow up in a world where peace, tranquility and love for one another reigns over hatred in all situations.

When this positivity becomes the mantra for future generation, then a very bright future will be the awesome result.

David Marco

Joliet

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