A March 29 letter to the editor advocated and condoned discrimination against members of my community. President Bush recently
appointed an openly gay man to head the new office of National AIDS Policy.
"The president picks the best people
for their jobs, regardless of what their backgrounds may or may not be, and that is why he has chosen Scott," White House
spokesman Ari Fleisher said. "The president respects him. He will be welcome at this White House."
Bush announced his Faith Based and Community Services initiatives he said, "When people of faith provide social services,
we will not discriminate against them." Representatives of different races and religions attended his announcement.
I sent letters to The Bellingham Herald protesting discrimination against my community by the Boy Scouts. I am not Vietnamese,
nor am I Buddist, yet I drafted a letter that was sent to Rep. Christopher Smith, N.J., protesting discrimination against
Buddists by the Vietnamese government.
Our nation is on the fast track to diversity as our population shifts towards
a multiracial majority. This will change the political landscape in favor of candidates who accept cultural, religious and
The president and I agree the practice of discrimination based on race, creed or sexual orientation
Sheila L Richardson