Letter: This is not a personal squabble; it’s a wake-up call

Posted 5/21/24

To the editor:

It’s rare to witness such hypocrisy as is displayed in Shoshana Landow’s LTE published May 8. In the name of inclusive love, she condemns the efforts of our Christian …

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Letter: This is not a personal squabble; it’s a wake-up call

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To the editor:

It’s rare to witness such hypocrisy as is displayed in Shoshana Landow’s LTE published May 8. In the name of inclusive love, she condemns the efforts of our Christian neighbors to raise their children in the way they believe. Neighbors who have never criticized her, nor anyone else in our community, are accused by her of being unChristian, and picking fights, for objecting to their unequal treatment within their own Town. 

Her accusation is predicated on the notion that to acknowledge the goals of the LGBTQ+ movement to conscript our children into their belief system, is to be closed-minded, paranoid and unchristian. A ludicrous notion when the truth of such goals are obvious within our own town — most blatantly in the Social Emotional Learning curriculum in our schools.

Clearly, her conflict is about an intolerance for views that are contrary hers and her pet movement’s.

A similar disapproval of divergent thought is being exhibited by our town’s DEI Committee, which is pushing for a standing agenda item at Town Council meetings wherein they will call out “incidents” of speech and action that they believe are unacceptable — not because they are illegal, but because they deem them to be unacceptable. 

These are troubling trends.

Those researching the LGBTQ+ movements positions, especially regarding pediatric transgenderism — which is being presented to our children as a positive personal choice — will find that “the science” upon which these values and the associated school curriculum are based, is not remotely scientific. It’s outcomes frequently far from positive.

It is easy to find disastrous stories of pediatric transgenderism, a practice which can rob children of sexual function for life, while leaving underlying psychological issues untreated. This is why The Tavistock Institute- where the pediatric gender-transition experiment started has ceased the practice altogether, and why Sweden has ceased providing transgender treatment to minors.

Consider that a recent survey revealed 40 percent of a Brown University incoming class identified as LGBTQ+. That’s a strong indication that our children are being actively guided into non-traditional lifestyles which make them more likely to require a medically-mediated or surrogated family lifestyle, and make them less likely to have a biological family of their own.

Is wanting to spare children more difficult and less natural outcomes unChristian?

Activist LGBTQ+ viewpoints are taught and celebrated in our schools without consideration of potential conflict with the values of our community’s families. 

To criticize the non-confrontational efforts of a family within our community to maintain and pass-on their own values in the face of that, is to be the creator of an environment of hatred and intolerance — not the victim of one. 

It seems evident that the relentless LGBTQ+ praising and flag waving in Barrington, is far more an expression of power, than it is an expression of love and inclusion, and the movements mission, more about enforcing adherence than celebrating inclusion, or preventing harassment.  

Shoshana’s was not a missive in defense of the marginalized, as she would have you believe; it was the mask slipping on an intolerance movement, masquerading as a tolerance movement.

Janine Wolf

Barrington

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