(The Lutheran received roughly half the usual number of letters for this issue, perhaps reflecting time readers spent absorbed by TV coverage and related issues. The October issue was printed before the attacks. We regret the disappointment that caused for some readers. — Ed.)
I continue to have a difficult time working through the events of Sept. 11 and trying to determine what an appropriate response might be to the tragedies of that day. While I have great empathy for those who suffered losses, it seems many people are demanding an unrealistically simple response. As a gay man, I have experienced the harm too often inflicted upon sexual minorities by well-intentioned religious folks who feel there are simple answers to complex questions. The parallels are too powerful to ignore and continually force me to examine what appropriate responses might be to other problematic situations in life.
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