GET OVER HATEFUL MIND SETS

Writers who deny the reality of more than two clear-cut genders might be enlightened with the following information about a condition that individuals have no control over, but which alters their gender development.

From page 1032 in The Merck Manual 14th edition: hypogonadism — incompetence of the gonads (especially in the male with low testosterone); results in deficient development of secondary sex characteristics …

It is remiss of the local medical professions not to enlighten the general population concerning the dysfunctions of the reproductive system’s development.

The fetus has no “choice” in these matters, and the child should not be vilified, demonized, or ostracized for resultant variations in gender development. And pediatricians should not have the authority to make instant decisions choosing the gender of a newborn.

See Matthew 19:11-12, where Jesus speaks to this situation. He begins and ends the lesson with the sad expectation that his audience probably will not be able to understand, or even try to understand.

A few years ago, National Geographic devoted an entire issue to the topic of gender. For a secular explanation, perhaps that would be a good place to start.

Please get over your stiff-necked, hateful mindsets, and be more Christ-like in accepting each child’s response to individual challenges.

Naomi Cherry

Findlay

FINDLAY HAS BIGGER WORRIES

After reading the letters to the editor Monday, I am happy (not) to see that some people in Findlay will always have hate toward the LGBTQ community.

For someone to say that they no longer are proud of what Findlay is or has become totally tells me that some people are so bored in their lives that they feel the need to stick their noses in others’ lives and what they do.

Whatever happened to letting people live their own lives and love who they want?

I totally understand that people have their own opinions and are entitled to them. But what business is it of theirs? Seriously.

I see nothing wrong also with the flags and the paintings downtown. It sure does look better than to see those awful whatever you call those center disasters in the middle of Main Street, the pedestrian walkways that no one stops for, or the ugly trees with Christmas lights shining on them in the dead of summer.

I think people that live in Findlay should worry more about how every time it rains two inches, it’s likely that the downtown will be under three feet of water.

It doesn’t seem to bother anyone that millions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted year after year and yet no solution. But everyone is worried about the way other people choose to live their lives?

Everyone says that the world is going to hell. Well, to me, it is just a prime example when there is so much hate and vindictive people in the world that a few flags and paintings seem to upset them.

To “Bible-thump” others to death just shows me that the world will never be better as long as others make it their business to tell people who they can love.

The last time I checked, they’re not hurting anyone.

Doug May

Findlay

STORMS NOT A MESSAGE FROM GOD

I would like to respond to the letter to editor “Only a coincidence?” by Bruce Haynes (June 7).

I grew up in Findlay, and I am now a pastor of an ELCA Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio.

I think Mr. Haynes’ letter was harmful and irresponsible, and I also think The Courier can do better than to print something that only serves to stir up hate.

Findlay is no stranger to experiencing floods, but I do not believe that God causes those floods to happen, for any reason, let alone to smite anyone for supposed “sins.”

Many readers might recall the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis. God was frustrated with all of humanity’s sins, and used a flood to destroy humanity and nearly all of creation.

After that flood, though, God promised that God would never use a flood (or any other natural disaster) to smite the earth again.

We do not always know why our world experiences storms and floods, but we can be sure that they are not signs of God’s displeasure toward any part of creation, including all of God’s beloved people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Readers might also recall that the symbol God used to make this promise is none other than the rainbow — the same symbol being used by those celebrating their identities this month.

That is not a coincidence, and I hope that anyone who felt unsafe from reading the words of “Only a Coincidence” can hear from this pastor that you are truly beloved for exactly who you are — that you are exactly who God created you to be, that God’s promise in that rainbow is for you!

Even though human beings try to create barriers, God’s love abounds and has no limits. Blessings, and Happy Pride!

Emily Seitz

Massillon

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