Can’t justify hatred

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The legislation in Arizona awaiting approval to permit businesses the right to refuse to serve gay or lesbian individuals due to religious beliefs sends chills up my spine (“Gay Rights Activists in Uproar Over Arizona ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill,” Feb. 22). What next? Are all gay/​lesbian people going to be forced to wear a patch on their clothing identifying them as gays so that they are easily identified?

It reminds me of Nazi Germany, where the Jews were forced to wear a patch making them easily identifiable as Jews. My God! What is wrong with the people in my country? Are we going to see signs in buses relegating gays to the back of the bus or the use of only certain water fountains next?

This is not the America I was born into 60 years ago! The way people do things, “in God’s name,” to justify their own prejudices and hatred saddens me. My God is a loving God and loves all his children. We should strive to do so, too.

West Mifflin

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