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To the Editor,

There seems to be a continuous liberal bias that perforates this paper. For… To the Editor,

There seems to be a continuous liberal bias that perforates this paper. For example, Emily Riley’s article (“Chick-fil-A debate reaches Pitt’s campus,” Feb. 7) on the Chick-fil-A “controversy” was absurd. There was little mention of the pro-marriage side of the argument, and when she did, the comments were littered with negative connotations. Rather, she decided to focus on how “insulting” it is that a food chain would freely donate food to organizations. We should be thanking Chick-fil-A for protecting marriage, which by definition is the union between a man and a woman. On another note, what has happened to America? Are companies not free to state an opinion anymore? Is this the U.S.S.R. or the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The paper’s second major flaw was the support of free condoms. If girls do not want to become pregnant, then why not refrain from sleeping with their boyfriends? That is not to say that sex is wrong — it’s great, however, it can be misused, as your editorial insinuates. You seem to fail to realize that using contraceptives is the same as having an abortion, just at a much earlier stage than actually needing a doctor to kill the baby for you.

That said, I fervently hope that you attempt to right your sinking ship before it is too late. When I pick up the paper in the morning, I expect a high-quality paper, and recently, I have not gotten that. Here’s to a better paper in the future.

Elias Naegele

School of Arts & Sciences

To the Editor,

“Chick-fil-A debate reaches Pitt’s campus” was an eye-opener to the intolerance existing today. We allow people to hide behind “religion,” concealing bigotry. The quote from Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, was terrifying to those who have actually read the Bible. “While my family and I believe in the biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.”

What is the biblical definition of marriage? The polygamous relationship spoken of as a gift of God to David (2 Samuel 12:7-8)? Jesus cares for the traditional family by telling men to essentially become dead-beat dads and husbands: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). Examples are everywhere.

“Biblical marriage” is a worthless, cliché talking point.

Had Cathy said, “While I believe in a biblical definition of property ownership, I love all the slaves that I own as property who may disagree with me,” practically everyone in the University would be disgusted (support for this found in Colossians 3:22, Ephesians 6:5, and 1 Peter 2:18). Why should we feel any less appalled at his intolerance/dehumanization of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders?

Chick-fil-A, as a private corporation, can do what it desires. However, we should affirm our right to inform consumers about immoral actions of companies. How many sandwiches would you eat if you knew a corporation was donating cash to fight against you and people you love?

Catherine Laskovics

School of Arts & Sciences

University of Pittsburgh’s Secular Student Alliance