8:00 AM EDT, April 14, 2013
I literally choked on my coffee when I read the first sentence of your editorial, "Hopkins students get it right, at last," (April 11). Let me quote it now that I've recovered.
"The bright young people in student government at the John Hopkins University no doubt pride themselves on their openness to a diversity of views and their commitment to the free exchange of ideas." Are you kidding me? Was this said tongue in cheek or are you so blatantly biased that you said this in all sincerity? Is this not the same school at which "students" (unnamed and unnumbered) and their easily swayed dean took such umbrage when their own renowned Dr. Benjamin Carson made the unforgivable utterance that he (and nearly all the world's citizens and societies) understood traditional marriage to be between a man and a woman?
Wow! Such hubris. Reminds me of when Perez Hilton used the beauty pageant stage to inappropriately insert his gay beliefs by inducing Carrie Prejean into admitting that she had been raised to believe that a marriage was between a man and a woman. And then all hell rained down on her by gay activists. Now it appears that Dr. Carson is also being crucified for expressing the same majority viewpoint.
Why do I infer that the gay view of same-sex marriage is a minority viewpoint? Well, statistics from the latest census indicated that there were 231,000 U.S. households admitting to same sex "marriages." Perhaps some households weren't forthcoming, you say, and there's more? OK, lets make it a million. The National Rifle Association has something like six million members and the media constantly refers to them as a minority group, hardly representative of the American population.
But now the minority opinion will book no disagreement — or they will get you! I agree that certain segments of the Hopkins campus seem very tolerant — of their viewpoint.
Kenneth Kent, Cambridge
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