Bigotry has no place in the community

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Hate and bigotry are not Christian values. They are not Glendive values. And they are certainly not American values.

I recently perused the Ranger Review only to stumble upon blatant and inexcusable bigotry from a recent Opinion piece from Jim Squires. To quote his piece, “The Law was made for the lawless and rebellious, the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and profane, killers of fathers and mothers, murderers, immoral men, homosexuals, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching according to the gospel.” In the year 2022, people are comparing the LGBT community to murderers and liars, and equating homosexuality to perjury, unholiness, profanity, and immorality.

This level of bigotry in this day and age is inexcusable and repulsive. Jim, as a man of God, according to, as you quote, ‘the sound teaching of the Gospel,” should you not love thy neighbor, and remove the log in your eye before commenting on the speck in someone else’s eye? Before you cast your first stone, ask yourself first if you think you’re without fault. According to “the sound teaching of the Gospel,” people should not pass unfair judgement onto others, and should love thy neighbor- and yes, this includes your gay neighbor.

The Glendive community is home to a diverse and vibrant community of wonderful people, which includes many upstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peopleall people who are moral, altruistic, and amiable.

Volunteers, employees, churchgoers, charity workers, teachers, people who would give the shirt off of their back to help a fellow human being in need.

People that you likely interact with unknowingly every day, people who will read the newspaper and see your hurtful and hateful words against them.

The fact that you have perpetuated such blatant bigotry without any sense of irony or self reflection is appalling, and highly hurtful to a community of people in this town who have never done anything to hurt you. Bigotry, hate, and intolerance are not Christian values and are certainly not Glendive values. We are a town who welcome those from all walks of life and judge people by the content of their character. So please, Jim, remove the log from your eye before commenting on the speck in another’s.

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Holly Disch

Glendive