Mr Nolen is prudent in ensuring that the council is not using code words to rid the downtown of a population from whom they have taken over 1600 dwelling places, leaving many no where else to go but the streets. (MercyCorps is a culpable partner with the city in this, by the way.) Public spaces are the commons for all people. This includes commerce but it also includes civic and public life. The people own the streets and sidewalks. Granted there are those who make the streets dangerous. Some have homes. Some do not. Some are in rags. Some are in three piece suits.
Carl is one of the few talk show hosts on the radio who actually makes himself vulnerable by demonstrating his humanity. His anger is genuine rather than manufactured to stir up hatred and bigotry. I suspect he does not have a radio persona as do so many, but he is who he is. I completely understand Carl's outrage at Adams's role in fulfilling the stereotype about gay men preying on young people. I know many gay people who have expressed the same disgust and outrage and have said much worse about Adams than has Carl. As a practicing Christian I feel the same outrage at Christians who fulfill the stereotype of anal retentive hypocrites and judge others while they are doing the same or worse. Some of those who disagree with Carl would sound more genuine if they did not personalize this and turn it into ugly name calling. It only reflects badly on those who call the names. This is a distraction from so many important issues.
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