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BY DI READERS | JULY 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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Family Leader pledge is divisive

The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" is nothing more than a thinly veiled proclamation of contempt for any American who purports to be of equal value to those who embody so-called "traditional American values." Signed first by Michele Bachmann and second by Rick Santorum, its original form suggests — in the first bullet point no less — that African-American families somehow benefited from slavery: "… a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American president."

Even though that statement was later removed (after both candidates put their pen to the paper) there remains enough scorn to distance themselves from the majority of Americans. Signing this pledge alienates many Americans, including but not limited to: childless couples, divorcés, unmarried couples, single people, gay people, parents of few children, single parents, children of single parents, and any believer in a non-Christian faith. It must make one wonder if Bachmann and Santorum really are running for president of the United States.

If so, someone may want to remind our candidates that the object is to garner as many votes as possible — even from nontraditional Americans.

David Kargarzadeh
UI student

Ugandan bill violates rights

As a Ugandan citizen and a flag-bearer for the cause of human rights, I find the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill and the dialogue in favor of it absolutely ridiculous. I think all deserve the right to choose what path they take regarding their sexuality.

I mean, if my hard-headed government is going to go on and dictate sex, it should also pass a law restricting people to just one sex position. Now that would show real dedication to policing the sexual behavior of its citizens.

Jose-Maria Katende
Kampala, Uganda

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