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Re: "Not all Christians share same beliefs," 
by Ken Albinger, Letters, June 24.

Principal Ken Albinger has stated with eloquence and kindness the position of the King of Kings Lutheran Christian school in his response to the Edmonton public school board's decision to formulate a policy to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) issues.

Our society is founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Our society is not based on the literal words of the Bible, but on the principles.

We do not live only on the foundation or in the basement of a home, but rather, we build upwards toward a brighter level.

Some people consider the Bible a hunting license as they proof-text to justify their fears and hide their ignorance while persecuting others.

Some embrace the Bible as if it were an immunity idol on a reality television show. Ironically, idolatry is a grave sin. So what is worshipping ink on paper? What happened to the principles?

It is sad that organized religion has alienated many of our LGBTQ youth. Many non-Christians and even atheists also share the same principles of the Bible, including many of us queer folk.

Our youth start out with the same aspirations as their heterosexist peers. However, early on we are exposed to a toxic environment that stigmatizes, alienates and suppresses our natural development because we are different. Many leave their faith group because staying is incompatible with survival.

According to 2010 U.S. census data, about one-quarter of gay couples are raising children.

All families need to be valued. It is a matter of basic justice to confront and neutralize discrimination and bullying. Education is a major antidote, and the proper place for such education is in schools.

Edmonton Public trustees are to be commended for their courage and conviction in pursuing justice as they move forward to promote safety in our schools and society.

Dr. Karen Hofmann, MD, Edmonton

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

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