Dear Rev. Welsford,
The views expressed in your letter to the editor of Swimmer magazine, the official publication of United States Masters Swimming, published in the January/February 2011 issue, reflect such intolerance, bigotry, and utter disrespect for your fellow man that it was truly astounding to learn that you are in fact a religious leader in your community. As you recall, you wrote that "homosexuality is akin to thievery, adultery and other sins that should not be tolerated or accepted as that of society just coming of age," adding that it "destroys lives, individually as well as that of the society as a whole." All of which begs the question, how do you reconcile these sentiments with the purpose statement of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which emphasizes "loving and caring for one another and for other people"?
Craig Siegel, MD