David Hetland: Don't ask gays to apologize

April 2, 2013 

In a March 29th article ("Mercedians anticipate ruling on gay marriage"), is the Rev. Al Schaap, Gateway Community Church's pastor, suggesting that the gay community owes an apology to the straight community? Experiences of prejudice, discrimination, bullying and the like -- hardly the stuff that makes for penitence.

Would Schaap also recommend that blacks, Native Americans and women express regret that they weren't kinder, more polite, in the face of oppression?

Christianity's founder never once mentioned homosexuality but lived a life characterized by compassion, radical inclusiveness, and a deep concern for justice.

As followers, we need to "go and do likewise."

A straight (but not narrow) ally.

DAVID HETLAND

Merced

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