Letter to the Editor

Comments shows lack of tolerance

Thursday, February 16, 2006

To the editor:

I read with great dismay Gene Lyons Feb. 12 column ("'Brokeback Mountain' is art, not propaganda"). I have not seen the film, nor will I due to the homosexual theme. What was distressing about Lyons' column was the comment, "Do creative people generally tend to be more socially tolerant than, say, CPAs? Basically, yes." In calling Christians intolerant, Lyons is in the same statement being intolerant himself. Are we children of God not allowed to express our views while every other activist group is allowed to state its case (propaganda) and be "more socially tolerant"? Lyons' comment is hypocrisy at its ugly best. As to the artistic value of the film, I will not comment except to quote Isaiah 5:20: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

STEVE SIMMONS, Cape Girardeau