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Letter: In Response to 'Haters Will Be Haters'

Matthew Frank Kot for local2 sault ste. marie
July 22nd, 2012 at 10:50am



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letter to the editor headlineFirst, let me just say that the parade this year, every aspect of it, was a great show for the citizens of our fine city.

When I say every aspect, I mean that there was nothing at all wrong with the parade. Nothing. Nobody wore anything that's not meant for children to see. The t-shirt 'Haters will be Haters' is an appropriate message, urging people to stop hating on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. That t-shirt actually made me think of how brave that man was to wear that shirt in front of thousands of people along the parade route. It was a really good gesture, as the gay community believes in a world of love, not hate. That was the theme of the float itself, in a way. "Better Loving than Hating". The Pride float was actually my favorite float because of that t-shirt, because of that message of love.

As for the Christianity part of the letter, I'm stunned. I'm Christian, and I don't have any problem with that shirt, nor any problem with the gay community, of course. The author asks "Who the Shirt is referring to?" It certainly was not referring to the "large section of Sault Ste Marie that follows the values of Judaism, Christianity, or is of the Muslim faith" No. This shirt, this message in general is directed at people who hate other people for no reason except for who they are, for their personality, their sexuality, their race, etc. The bible does indeed state that we shouldn't judge, and I believe that the t-shirt in question is a reflection of that belief, to not judge.

I see no reason why the author of that article is complaining about such a small thing. In fact, I think we should be commending this young man for wearing that shirt, for standing up against hate, against judging, that's just my opinion anyways.

- Matt Kot

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