When we looked at today’s copy of the Idaho State Journal, we flipped to a letter to the editor titled “The End is Near.” This editorial, by Pocatello’s own Lynda Eggimann Sr., isn’t about any doomsday scenario brought on by a disintegrating earth or Bible-esque Apocalypse. To Eggimann, the source of this end of times is none other than the secular activists and LGBTQ community here in our own town.
Eggimann says of ISU’s Freethinkers, Atheists and Agnostics for Religious Tolerance (who have recently rebranded themselves as the Secular Student Association of ISU): “…they contend, the Constitution bans prayer in public meetings and they somehow believe those 60 students have more rights than the 60,000 who believe prayer is the ONLY thing holding this country together.” It seems that Eggimann is quite the pollster. Either that or she has some kind of god-like powers to know the opinions of 60,000 people.
But the SSA is not her only target. She notes that “Pocatello Pride” now includes Pocatello Pride, the LGBTQ group throwing a festival at Old Town Pavilion on August 20. “Choke, gag and vomit…What are we thinking?” she says. “Is there nowhere left we can just be left in peace to raise our children with morals, healthy living and common sense.”
Given her rant against the SSA, we’re assuming that her hatred of the LGBTQ community is based in religion. According to her open Facebook page, that religion is LDS. As a paper who both employs members of the LDS church and writes about LGBTQ culture, we know that it is entirely possible to be both religious and tolerant. Lynda, while your religion might bar you from approving of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer people, it does not mean you have to spew hatred at them, especially in a public forum.
You ask “Is there nowhere left we can just be left in peace to raise our children with morals, healthy living and common sense” and yet many LGBTQ families ask that same thing every day. Is there nowhere they can go to escape prejudice like yours? Is there nowhere they can go where they can be left in peace from such misguided hate? Is there anywhere in this country they can go to be accepted as equals in society?
If you had things your way, Lynda, I’m sure there wouldn’t be. As a Christian, you must know this verse from 1 Samuel: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.” After reading your letter, we’re convinced that your heart is black and cold. You set a horrible example for the LDS church, Pocatello and human beings everywhere. The hatred you have for members of your own community is vile and dark. We are disgusted.
–The Bannock Alternative
From the Book of Mormon:
“See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires.” –Doctrine and Covenants 88:123
“But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.” –Mosiah 4:15
“For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually.” –Moroni 9:5