Our expert says:
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi everyone -
This past weekend we witnessed a travesty: a national publication chose to publish an unashamedly prejudiced article, by a recognised journalist, which undermined the Constitution and expressed raw homophobia and prejudice. Following is a copy of my email to the editor of the Sunday Sun. I encourage you to view the related article on mambaonline, which also provides a link to the article under discussion. We await the editor of the Sunday Sun joining our debate:
"Greetings, Editor of the Sunday Sun.
I write as a proudly gay man to object to an article you featured on page 14 of the Sunday Sun, on 20 July 2008. The article in question was penned by John Qwelane.
As a gay rights activist and the resident gay and lesbian expert on Media24's website, Health24.com, I speak for many when I express my dismay at your publication of such blatant homoprejudice and hate speech. Your website states that your publication upholds the Constitution but you are clearly unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights, which prohibits prejudice on the grounds of sexual orientation.
I have made repeated calls to your office today to discuss this with you - I was told that you were out on lunch and subsequently, that you were visiting your doctor.
I have lodged a formal complaint against your publication with the Press Ombudsman.
I hereby invite you to substantiate your publication of the article in question by joining the debate on the "gay, lesbian and bisexual forum" on the website, www.health24.com - simply click on "experts" and then choose the "gay, lesbian and bisexual forum". We'd like to know your bizarre reasons for deciding to publish hate speech.
Glenn de Swardt"
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