Dear Editor:

As a member of the LGBTQ community and a churchgoer, I am responding to a letter published last month from Karl Holmes of Surry. In his letter, Mr. Holmes asserted that rainbow flags should not be displayed outside churches because religion is the element of society that has caused the most problems for LGBTQ people. He alleged that when a church puts up a rainbow flag, that church is signaling to us that we are welcome to worship there, when in fact the belief in that church is that we are an abomination deserving of an eternity in hell. He called this a “sick form of bait and switch marketing” that ALL churches that hang up rainbow flags are participating in.

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