A letter appearing in this newspaper last week, with John Aasness' name attached to it, challenged me to a United Nations debate.

I would need a lobotomy before I would be willing to put myself into such a distasteful situation.

My dad taught me to never play the other man's game. Public verbal debate is not my strong point. That might be why I was so fast with fists in days gone by.

As far as an impartial panel is concerned, that's really silly. Who would pay their airfare to bring them from Tibet?

This debate, if it were to happen, would be of no value. We are not going to change one another.

When I was in South Africa, I heard a man quote the Bible to justify apartheid. I believe I could have used the same book to prove how evil racial hatred is.

It has been many years since I have written a letter to the Blue Mountain Eagle hoping to change people's minds. Nor do I get all puffed up by thinking I am preaching to the choir.

I know my views often are very unpopular. I do not have an internal need to be hated. It's simply this - when I read the same view from the same bullies week after week, I feel if we are going to have an open society, alternative views need to be heard.

Terry Steele

Ritter

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