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In her Last Word column [October 15], Riki Wilchins addresses the tragedy of teenage terrorism. What distresses me in this otherwise thoughtful article is that once again the real cause that inspires this practice of attitude-assertion remains cunningly concealed behind a false front. The "common thread connecting all these tragedies" is not the constant threat of bullying or taunts or "gender" violence. We should be asking what inspires that attitude.

The real evildoer is the "my shit doesn't stink" attitude that is taught by all organized religions and which consequently befouls every level of society. These institutions deliberately pervert the individual's "spiritual" power and thus control and "inspire" through the practice of intimidation. This is not spiritual practice; it is the practice of indoctrination and the modus operandi of organized, big-business religions. In other words, these religions teach everyone to look for and victimize anyone who seems to be out of step.

As long as personal spirit is held hostage to the pretense and prejudice that these organized religions encourage, we will continue to have deception and victimization and violence at every level of society.

C.M. Houck, Pasadena, Calif.

I taught tolerance for eight years at a school in St. Augustine, Fla. The first day of class, students were told about "student bashing"--it would not be allowed, and that included gay bashing. Perhaps if more educators were to teach tolerance, these tragedies would be avoided. The teaching must come from the heart!

Steve F. Douglas, Boynton Beach, Fla.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Nov 12, 2002
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