To The Readers' Forum:
Greg Rabb's article, "Doing good while doing what is right," is a perfect example of cultural decline.
Rabb is Jamestown's openly gay City Council President. He was given that position to promote the interests of the city, not promote his own deviant lifestyle choices. His article gives a perfect example of cultural decay. He claims,"My goal was to make Jamestown a same-sex marriage destination and we have succeeded." On whose authority is the City Council President of Jamestown pursuing the goal of making Jamestown a same-sex marriage destination?
Is that within the job description? I think not.
In order to justify his own personal crusade, he claims, "Doing what is right has been good for business without the city having to spend a dime." But does that really justify imposing his own personal deviant views on an entire community? Same sex marriage is unfortunately legal in New York State, but Rabb doesn't stop there; instead, he wants to make our community a magnet for homosexuality.
Frankly, this is offensive, as well as an abuse of office. Again, who authorized our Council President to pursue this goal? Nobody. And it's questionable whether his self-appointed social experiment is really reaping any economic benefits to the city and surrounding area.
But even if there were financial benefits shouldn't there be some discussion as to whether we want to pursue this route to economic gain? In Lakewood, there's discussion as to whether an adult porn shop should be granted permission to do business. No doubt one argument in favor of the porno store is that it helps grow the local business economy, but an argument against it would be the many negative social consequences, such as its potential harmful effects on families, youth, etc. Rabb seems to bypass all discussion in his crusade by using his office to promote Jamestown as a gay marriage headquarters. He says he's "doing good" and "doing what is right." Says whom? What's next, an annual Jamestown gay pride parade with drag queens and transgenders celebrating their perversity? Wouldn't that generate revenue? Or how about opening up a few gay bathhouses? Surely these would attract more people to Jamestown and boost local businesses.
No thank you. Greg Rabb's vision for Jamestown is to make it into a gaudy, cheap and tawdry Pottersville. And that's not "A Wonderful Life."
Pastor Jeff Short