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Kaplan letter misrepresented Jackson's views, downplayed incident at St. Patrick's (2)

Rebecca D. Kaplan '92's letter ["Column trivialized sufferings of Jews, homosexuals," March 20], which rationalizes the actions of ACT-UP at St. Patrick's Cathedral, is extremely distressing. Members of ACT-UP interrupted Mass, chained themselves to pews, tossed condoms in the air, and threw the Communion Host (the bread, the body of Christ) to the floor. One can read an account of this action in the Dec. 11 editions of any of New York City's daily newspapers.

All four of New York's daily newspapers condemned this action, as did the Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights. Yet Kaplan excuses the action on the grounds of "the church's genocidal views," and then says, "Please, help stop the hatred."

Such a view shows an appalling lack of respect for the political values necessary to support a diverse, democratic community. Moreover, it is a vicious insult to the complex and fruitful relationship between the Catholic Church and its lesbian and gay members.

Douglas Galbi G->