Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reverend Welsford Redux

Rev. Welsford's letter to the editor of Swimmer magazine, to which I responded on February 2 (An open letter to Reverend Glenn Welsford of Columbia, South Carolina), generated a heated debate on the discussion forum of the USMS website to the extent that the moderators suspended several members and deleted a number of posts which they declared "off topic," including some defining hate speech.  There are those who argue that his right to express himself is protected under the First Amendment, which is entirely true.  But the editor was under absolutely no obligation to publish his letter which undeniably did constitute hate speech, defined by the American Bar Association (among others) as "speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits."  The use of Biblical verses to justify Rev. Welsford's position, effectively using religion to condone intolerance, has no place in a free and secular society such as ours.  Sadly, apologies from USMS regarding its publication notwithstanding, his letter cannot be deleted with the simple click of a mouse. 

Swam at Nitro this morning with James, David, Steve, and Ron.  Rob coached.

500 swim
10 x 100 @ 1:40, odds free (held 1:10), evens IM (held 1:19-1:20)
5 x 200 IM @ 3:00, averaged 2:42
400 pull, went 4:48
8 x 50 @ 1:00, drill/swim


  1. Very well stated, as usual.

    Attempts at using biblical excerpts to justify this kind of garbage never fail to disgust me.

  2. Agree 100 percent with you. Its interesting that bigots like Glenn Welsford use religion to shield their bigotry. Why hasnt the Columbia Masters made a statement?? He signed their name.