Letter: A Platform to Misinform
Tribune, May 27, 2001
425 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55408
Once again (in your May 22 article on a ruling against the states sodomy
law) the Minnesota Family Council has been allowed to misinform the public.
The Family Council is not a "public policy group." It is an antigay
group, having evolved from the old Berean League, formed years ago to attack
St. Pauls gay rights law.
Tom Pritchard, Family Council president, states that "sodomy is
unhealthy across the board." This is not only untrue; it implies that
vaginal intercourse cannot be unhealthy. The vast majority of HIV/ AIDS and
STD cases on the planet were transmitted by heterosexual, penile/vaginal
Pritchard also stated that the ruling could lead to protection for incest,
drug use, prostitution, etc.
Pritchard has no apparent background in law or public health. Giving the
Minnesota Family Council a platform for its misinformation in every story that
affects the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is not balanced
journalism. It only gives free publicity to an organization of professional
bigots who fight any law or public health initiative that protects the rights
and lives of GLBT people.
Rob Yaeger, Minneapolis
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