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Don't exclude again.

Dear editor,

I'm a baptized Anglican, one of the many mixed-race members of your church. I'm part Canadian aboriginal and part Brit, and (finally) proud of being both.

I've lived well over half my life, nearly 25 years, in a shadow of self-doubt because I am not fully white. The members of the church I attended as a child often told me I was doubly damned, first for being born, and second for being half-native. I was also told that my mother was a whore and therefore, I was thrice damned. Who was I to question the so-respectable adults I respected most?

But that's not why I am writing today. I'm writing to express my distress at the outcry against gays and ordination of gay people by members of the Anglican church. You see, I know all too well what it feels like to be shunned. For the record, I'm happily heterosexual.

Haven't we learned? Haven't we learned that to exclude, to draw lines is to condemn ourselves to becoming an ever-shrinking irrelevancy? I left the church for the simple reason that I knew, beyond the shadow of doubt, that I wasn't welcome.

But I've started to make my way back. Now, however, I'm not sure it's a good idea. This ultra-right, conservative, self-righteous reaction against gay people does little more than convince me that the Anglican church is a thing of the past.

Russell Collier

Smithers, B.C.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Collier, Russell
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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