Everyone remember last week’s guest column, “The Matt Hill Comer problem,” written by Jason Crawford in UNCG’s Carolinian? Remember how he said that I was a person “prostituted to a cause which wrecks the lives of other human beings,” and that, “In the wink of an eye, God can frown into hell all those rebels like Matt Hill Comer, the members of PRIDE!, and all those administrators and students that have foolishly desecrated what the King calls sacred”?
Remember when I said that the community discussion it prompted would serve as a test to see if UNCG and Greensboro were as open, accepting and welcoming of the LGBT community as it says it is?
Well… All you have to do is look at this week’s numerous letters to the editor and another – yes, another – guest opinions column.
Snippets provided below (if the links to The Carolinian don’t work at first – if the pop up with a DNS error or something – just refresh the page, then it will work):
Christians: Christianity’s biggest flaw?
by Sarah Benedek, Guest Column
Gandhi once said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” I’m certain that when he made this statement, he had people like Jason Crawford in mind.
Mr. Crawford’s guest column, “The Matt Hill Comer Problem,” was ridiculous and offensive. (I’m going to refer to Mr. Crawford as Jason. He may have a problem uttering the names of people he finds reprehensible, but I don’t.) Not only did Jason’s column come out of nowhere, but it managed to simultaneously drag someone’s name through the mud who has done nothing to deserve it while validating the concerns of many who oppose Christianity. Congratulations Jason, you’ve helped your religion take two giant steps backwards.
I’m not defending or condemning what Matt does or does not do in his personal life. Personally, I don’t get the concept of a gay Christian, but you know what? It’s not my business. It’s no one’s business but said gay Christians. It’s especially not Jason’s business.
Last time I checked, “Jason Crawford” was not synonymous with “God.” Jason has no right to judge or condemn. Jason says that, “true love demands somebody get in (Matt’s) face.” I’m guessing that “true love” does not include slander or writing disparaging columns. For someone that “hates to name names,” Jason does a pretty good job of doing exactly that, even including Matt’s name in the headline.
Discrimination against gays not ok
by Samantha Korb, Letter to the Editor
A few days ago I read Mr. Crawford’s guest column “The Matt Hill Comer Problem.” Mr. Crawford’s column invoked the feelings of hate I and my fellow LGBTQI brothers and sisters have had to face because of who we are. Mr. Crawford called us, Matt Hill Comer, and all LGBTQI people desecrations from the King. My God is one who loves all, regardless of who we love.
Crawford’s got it all wrong
by Caitlin Stroud, Letter to the Editor
I was outraged when I read in last week’s Carolinian a guest column entitled “The Matt Hill Comer Problem” by Jason Crawford. I am on the Student Government Association legislative board with Matt and I am also a member of PRIDE!, so I found this column doubly insulting. It is in poor taste to openly attack someone like that based on your standards of what is good, let alone an entire community of people.
Our doors are opened: UNCG PRIDE! makes an official statement promoting tolerance and open-mindedness
by The Executive Board of UNCG PRIDE!, Guest Column/Published Statement
The previous edition of The Carolinian published a guest column by Jason Crawford. Since its publication, many people have come to the Executive Board of PRIDE! to see if we are going to take any action. We have been discussing what would be the most efficient way to get our point across. Our message is not to deliberately offend anybody for their beliefs, values, or lifestyle; it is intended for the people who were angered and disheartened by the distasteful guest column written by Jason Crawford.
We would like to clarify some assumptions that could have been made from reading the article, “The Matt Hill Comer Problem.” Matt Hill Comer has not been an active member of UNCG PRIDE! since September. Secondly, it can only be assumed that Mr. Crawford was using Matt as a scapegoat for what he really meant to say. Although he did mention Matt by name, he put emphasis on the whole entire GLBTQA community. Nobody will ever know whether or not this was his true intention, but we all can speculate.
Not the same idea of non-violence
by Leehe Shmueli, Letter to the Editor
related to another guest column last week, “No tears need to be shed for Greensboro.”
In response to Mr. Ivey’s column comparing Mr. Comer’s acts of nonviolence to the antiwar demonstration in downtown Greensboro, I can only say this: The two hardly compare.
As a colleague and friend of Mr. Comer, I can honestly attest to the fact that his view of nonviolence is not near to that of Mr. Ivey’s. The two columns give your readers two very different opinions of the principle and I hope they see the differences.
Mr. Comer believes that nonviolence is a complete way of living and state of mind, whereas Mr. Ivey clearly admits his belief that nonviolence is only a tactic. Mr. Ivey also sanctions the use of violence in retaliation to violence. This is not the King and Gandhi-inspired principle of nonviolence. It certainly isn’t the view of nonviolence through which Gandhi successfully led the movement to rid India of British occupation.
I have to say… I think The Carolinian has had a good run this year. Plenty of discussion and conversation for sure.