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Kaplan letter misrepresented Jackson's views, downplayed incident at St. Patrick's (1)

I must respond to Rebecca D. Kaplan '92's letter ["Column trivialized sufferings of Jews, homosexuals," March 20] regarding my column of March 16 ["GAMIT confuses academic debate with hostility"]. Her letter claims to be an explanation of "factual inaccuracies" in the column, something which it is not.

It is instead a statement of Kaplan's beliefs, which disagree with mine. There was no factual inaccuracy in the analogy of Catholicism to Judaism, and a close reading of Kaplan's letter reveals that she can find no factual inaccuracy (or anti-Semitism) in the analogy either, only personal disagreement.

As for the accusation that I "misreported the incident at St. Patrick's Cathedral," I will let the column stand on its own. I stated that "pro-gay demonstrators entered St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. One demonstrator desecrated a communion wafer...." The reason for the homosexual protest in the church did not even enter into the argument. I never brought it up, let alone misreport it. I see no possible way -- regardless of the origin of the friction between the protesters and the Church -- that it could be acceptable for any human being to commit such an atrocity against another's religion. In this light, I stand by the legitimacy of the analogy.

To disagree with a viewpoint, such as Niki R. Pantelias '89 did in the same issue, is fine, and in fact, I encourage it. However, to misrepresent one's opinion as a correction of factual inaccuracies is deceptive to The Tech's readership and inexcusable under any circumstances.

Bill Jackson '93->