While I realize this is an editorial and not necessarily the opinion of the paper, its contents are highly offensive and can be classified as hate speech.
Several people have suggested that this piece was published for the purpose of creating controversy and generating page views, but I argue that it will mar the reputation of the Cherokee Tribune as an opponent to equality and progressive thinking.
Hate speech in a newspaper is damaging, both to the community it reflects and to the individuals who read it. In a time when prejudice and crimes against gays is waning in favor of acceptance and equal rights, this kind of thing is a large step backwards.
I encourage the Tribune to consider future publications with more thoughtfulness and to limit the acceptance of editorials that are so harmful to the community and its readers.
Leah Hale Kennesaw State University