Liberty includes respect for others

Is there a slow death of religious liberty? In America, protected classes include race, color, national origin, choice of religion, disability, and familial status. What reason must ones chosen religion, which is a protected class, need additional Religious Freedom laws? Evangelicals in the U.S. enjoy abundant religious freedom; perhaps more than any other protected class … Continue reading Liberty includes respect for others

Monologue needs to change toward LGBT people

Letter to the editor: Monologue needs to change toward LGBT people By Kevin R. Tengesdal from Bismarck on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:22 a.m. Perhaps, we need to change the monologue. Instead of saying, “God hates gay people,” say, “God Hates [name of family member or friend who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender!” Instead … Continue reading Monologue needs to change toward LGBT people

We’re neighbors, not new people

We’re neighbors, not new people By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Aug 31, 2014 In a Gallup article titled “North Dakota: Legendary among states,” in discussing if our state is a “Good place for gay or lesbian people,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple suggests, “There’s a tendency for people not being immediately comfortable with new people until they have … Continue reading We’re neighbors, not new people

What is there to apologize for?

What is there to apologize for? By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Feb 28, 2013 Janne Myrdal’s letter of Feb. 24 states, “Concerned Women for America of North Dakota objects strongly to the recent ‘vigil’ outside a state senator’s home in Bismarck and suggests that a public apology is in order.” For what should the lesbian, gay, … Continue reading What is there to apologize for?

Being at peace with themselves

Being at peace with themselves By KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Sep 17, 2012 In response to the article,“Gay North Dakota football player says kiss got him booted”: Yes, Jamie Kuntz lied. Why did he lie? Who knows his personal reasons. But how can young kids be comfortable with themselves in this state? Could it be that … Continue reading Being at peace with themselves

Stand up to hate by speaking out

Stand up to hate by speaking out KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Oct 12, 2008 Stand up to hate by speaking out How can we stand up against hate crimes? How can we make sure that another life is not snuffed out because of fear, misunderstanding, or discrimination? How can greater understanding, recognition, acceptance and/or tolerance be … Continue reading Stand up to hate by speaking out

Hate crime bill should be passed

Hate crime bill should be passed KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Jun 12, 2007 In a hard-won victory, hate crimes legislation has passed the House of Representatives. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate - where the radical right, terrified of this legislation, has stepped up its attacks. As a North Dakota resident, and as a … Continue reading Hate crime bill should be passed