X-Message-Number: 16611
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 14:02:19 -0700
From: Olaf Henny <>
Subject: The joys of life are for *all*
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Louis Epstein wrote:

>The condition and the conduct are two separate
>things.I take issue with the position that the
>condition constitutes an excuse for the conduct,
>which position weds them in the eyes of defenders
>of both

Louis, I have gathered by now, that you have a deep respect for
life, in fact, that you consider the maintenance of life
paramount without regard to its quality or anything else.
However, the question that nags me is:  Do you actually like
To me sex is one of its great pleasures and, at age 67, without
the minutest consideration of procreation.  I am heterosexual,
but I believe, if I was gay, these pleasures would be, even if
not identical, just as intense.
Now, if I was gay, why would you deny me this great life-joy just
for that reason?  My sexual orientation has been given to me with
my genes, just like you received your near-sightedness.  If I was
gay, you would banish me to life-long abstinence?
If it gives me pleasure joy or satisfaction I WILL do it, as long
as it does not inflict harm on anybody else.  That is what I live
for and what I want to extend my life for.

Tolerance is wisdom s finest fruit

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