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March 1, 2014

RAY DAY: Bigot? Take it back

Before I get into my regular column writing, I want to clarify something.

I stirred up a few readers last week who called me a bigot, anti-gay and a person who discriminates against others. I received some emails that disturbed me, that I could be disliked in our community. At least that is what those emails said.

So let’s get this thing going. Pertaining to the state constitution, the now-dead proposal against gay marriage is being taken by many to be discriminatory.

Sure there are times when maybe a law is outdated and maybe a change is needed to bring it up to today’s standards. And as our state gets older, we have people moving in and they find the laws that are on the books are ones they want to change to suit them or their causes. Once one of them speaks up and declares the laws we have lived under all these years do not apply to them, they want to change those laws.

Here in Indiana, you will find the grassroot of humanity that believes in the teachings they have been witness to all these years. They believe no changes in our constitution need to be applied. Once we start changing things, we open the door to changes that are not our way of having done things all these years, and soon “we” are being discriminated against.

You can ask anyone who has known me all these years and I doubt if there is even one time that I could be labeled a racist or a bigot. When I was a child up to the age of 16, I lived in a mixed neighborhood where there was a great relationship between all of us, regardless of color or creed. To this day, I could walk down those streets and there would be smiles and lots of hellos from those who still live there. We will be friends till the end of time.

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