REHOBOTH'S CONFLICTING VALUES

AFTER READING "DAYS OF RECKONING" by Donna St. George [August 29], I became overwhelmed with joy! As a gay man, it is nice to hear wholesome all-American stories like this one. It shows both communities that we can all cohabit and act like civil human beings without hurting feelings or crossing boundaries. We all can learn from one another and appreciate diversity. Thank you for enlightening the communities!

ANTHONY D. SHERRER

Manassas

MY FAMILY WAS APPALLED AND DISgusted that you would print pictures of men kissing and holding hands for children to see. This is not activity for children to witness. This is not the normal reaction of humans and it should not be treated as such. The media should not bolster the gay epidemic.

I hope we will not have to endure this travesty again.

SUZANNE MARTIN

Fort Washington

AFTER READING THE ARTICLE ON REhoboth Beach and seeing the accompanying photographs, my family and I think it is time to consider another newspaper for Sunday reading. We have always been avid readers of your paper, but Sunday hit an all-time low in journalism and good taste.

JOSHUA TAYLOR JR.

Arlington

YOUR ARTICLE ON GAYS IN REHOBOTh moved me to tears. I started coming here in the late '70s and experienced the harassment that you reported. It didn't matter how straight-looking you were. If you were in a car with all men and D.C. license plates, you got yelled at.

You gave an excellent history of the events that have brought a divided town to come to terms with its gay community. Thank you for the positive image of Rehoboth and all of us who live here. We still have pockets of intolerance, but fortunately we have city officials who are more enlightened and a state hate-crimes law that extends protection to gays.

DOLPH SPAIN

Rehoboth Beach

THE MAJOR PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THIS article is the inaccurate portrayal of Christianity and Christians. The Rev. John Dean, the Presbyterian minister interviewed for the article, talks about his change of heart toward gays. I believe that he is sincere in his concern for gay people and in his well-considered position on the issue of gays in the church.

However, just because one is sincere and kind does not make one correct. In fact, his position that gays should hold leadership roles in the church is contrary to biblical teaching. The Bible clearly states in numerous passages that homosexual practice is a sin. It also states that those who hold positions of authority

in the church must be men of godly character.

It is also biblically correct to welcome all people into the church, regardless of their particular sin. After all, the Bible clearly states that all have sinned, although the sins may be different. Christians are commanded to "love the sinner but hate the sin." Apparently, this is the area where well-meaning but misinformed Christians get confused. The true Christian calling is to show compassion for someone while still pointing out the error of his ways.

CAROLYN R. KEEHAN

Fairfax

THANK YOU FOR THE ENJOYABLE, PROMinent article on Rehoboth Beach's progress in accommodating its gay and lesbian visitors and residents. I read it twice! With reports of hate crimes across America and some politicians' anti-gay political rhetoric, it's refreshing to be reminded that Americans are capable of respecting one another despite our various differences.

ERIC W. STULTS

Washington

COMING TO TERMS WITH REHOBOTH Beach and its gay constituency -- how about coming to terms with art direction and fair representation? The choice of a cover photo was not an appropriate depiction of our community. Faceless youth with their underwear waistbands showing does nothing for bridging gaps or differences. Gay men being interviewed for a story like this one want their identities known.

I applaud The Post for covering the story, but I thought I was looking at a Calvin Klein ad! And those choices of bathing suits demonstrated the adolescent "models" lacked that well-developed gay fashion sensibility! And where were the photos of women in the story? A very important segment of our "family." As you reported, we are about inclusiveness.

RICH MOONBLATT

Washington

I CAN'T COMMENT ON THE CULTURAL atmosphere in Rehoboth Beach, but I do know that it is not "south of the Mason-Dixon line." The Mason and Dixon survey of 1763-67 covered the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania and Maryland's eastern border with Delaware. There is a marker at the southwest "corner" of Delaware noting that the border was established by the survey. Thus, by definition, Rehoboth is east, not south, of the line.

THOMAS WHITE

Washington

EDITOR'S NOTE

In recent months we've been venturing into cyberspace in partnership with our comrades at washingtonpost.com. The latest issue of the Magazine is always available online at www.washingtonpost.com/magazine. This week we take another step to expand our conversation with readers by inviting you to discuss articles online. Every Monday between 1 and 2 p.m. one of our writers will field questions and comments at www.washingtonpost.com/liveonline. We begin tomorrow with staff writer Bob Thompson, who'll be available to discuss, appropriately enough, today's cover story on the brave new world of Internet commerce and kids.