To the Editor:
The last time I checked, the supposed “Ministry of Truth” van that some tinfoil-hat folks thought was, and I’m quoting here, “coming for Mr. Minelli,” has yet to be seen.
Let clear up a few things to make sure we’re all on the same page here: Mr. Minelli is a grown adult who can think and speak for themselves. Mr. Minelli has expressed his views and has responded own their own accord to others, so we don’t need any cavalier folks trying to speak on his behalf.
Regardless if the view was made in his capacity as a school board member, any views, statements, and opinions relating to issues faced by school-aged children is prima facie staking a claim on (what should not be, but unfortunately this is our current society) a “controversial” issue. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. (I respect Mr. Nesoff; my view of making statements applies likewise to his comments). A difference of opinion, as one author mentioned, is best reserved for things like ice cream flavors and colors, not for things like the rights of marginalized groups. Your “right” to an opinion ends when it infringes upon someone else. Do not cloak bigotry behind the veil of “opinions.”
I will never waver or falter on the rights of my fellow LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors right to a dignified, safe life free from harassment and homophobia. Whether it’s from as powerful as the former president or someone local, I will never stop calling out homophobia and bigotry when I see it until I’m six feet under.
Justin E. Chafe