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Ooh, ouch! Looks like City Weekly’s March 5 feature “Two-Faced Utah” hit a nerve— online commenters “peacemeal” and “espalda” are now convinced that our staff writers’ black hearts burn with white-hot hatred of the LDS Church: According to “peacemeal,” “City Weekly is staffed by Mormophobic writers with deep-seated paranoias and conspiracy fixations.”

Now, I did notice that you have no specific criticisms to make, “peacemeal.” Once you dismiss something as the paranoid rantings of a conspiracy nut, the thinking has been done—much like the “thinking” that occurs among certain religious people.

“espalda” wrote: “I do find it ironic ... the gay activists that created a witch hunt to intimidate all supporters of Prop. 8. I don’t have the slightest feeling of hate towards homosexuals, but I still support traditional marriage. … Outsiders writing things like this aren’t helping.”

You know, “espalda,” I’ve noticed that a lot of Prop. 8 supporters like to start sentences with the words “I don’t hate gays, but …” It always makes me wonder how all of those gay “best friends” you all claim to have feel about your willingness to devote so much time and resources to deny them and their families equal treatment under the law. Maybe you should ask them. Since half of those who contributed to the story are Utah natives, I think we all know what you mean by “outsiders,” you tolerant person, you. Your simultaneous whine about how Prop. 8 supporters are disrespected for no other reason than their values and opinions, then, is the height of hypocrisy. And, since Utah hypocrisy was pretty much the whole point of the story, what more can be said?

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