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In the brief but inspiring article "Biking to Block Phelps" [Report, March 28], Fred Phelps is alleged to have stated that soldiers (both gay and straight, remember!) are dying in Iraq because America accepts homosexuality. The truth is that Americans are dying in Iraq because of an incompetent administration in Washington.

On the other hand, Americans are dying right here in America because "religious" nuts are accepting the inflammatory rhetoric of fundamentalist, hatemongering preachers as license to kill homosexuals "in the name of Jesus" or to at least savagely beat them within an inch of their lives. I wonder what responsibility, if any, the Phelps clan would take for those deaths.

And for all Americans, where is our outrage for both sources of death?

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Title Annotation:FROM THE READERS
Author:Hayes, Theodore W.
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 25, 2006
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