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Letter to the Editor: Vinegar, honey and truth

To the editor:

The column, "Can we just drop the abortion fight?" (June 29) draws an unfortunate, unwarranted conclusion. The use of vinegar as well as honey may be in the interest of truth-telling. Forget the flies. If we abandon truth-telling because it begets conflict, we may possible attract more people but we will certainly attract worse things than flies.

Yes, there have been abortion clinic bombings and murders of abortion doctors, very sporadic. Such actors have been extremists. They have never been part of the mainstream pro-life movement. There are no doubt also many homosexuals who have never harmed nor wanted to harm others who held differing views. But to characterize the mainstream LGBTQ movement as honey-driven is a gross misrepresentation.

When a Christian baker or florist or resort owner is compelled to operate his/her business contrary to personal conviction or potentially shut down the business (or pay a fine equivalent to the cost of one's home), that is not vinegar. It is violence. When Christian adoption agencies have to fight legally for their right to place children only with heterosexual couples, and the LGBTQ lobby deliberately spreads the word (as is happening in Kansas now) that the agencies are trying to deny LGBTQ couples the right to adopt, that is not honey. It is lying.

Everybody knows that moving a baby eight inches through the birth canal does not turn the baby into a person. Yet Roe v. Wade, when legally shaken down, declares it to be so. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey."

Jonathan Philbrick

Alexandria, MN