Re Challenging A Straight Church, October 29:
I am not Baptist and I am not affiliated with Riverdale Baptist Church. I am personally hurt by how this man, Jerome, has been treated.
I do feel that treating people in such a fashion negatively impacts the entire community of Whitehorse and beyond. This has a ripple effect and it is very disheartening.
It has been said that we hate in others that which we fear in ourselves. Might it be Jerome was treated this way in part because there is an (un)conscious fear amongst some members of the congregation that freedom of thought would somehow leave them floundering and alone?
Have we still to learn that compassion, tolerance and respect need to stamp out judgement and fear?