Letters to the editor and comments from goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com. and facebook.com/qnotescarolinas. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation.

NASCAR and LGBT inclusion

Readers respond to the online version of our story this issue on NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. (goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/25231/)

I worked with NASCAR for 23 years as a Motor Sports Safety instructor and the one thing they never realized in the past was that Gay people are race fans too. NASCAR is realizing the image of the good ole boy concept is gone and is now starting to accept LGBT as part of the racing community.
— Janice Covington, Oct. 2, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com

I applaud NASCAR for their actions to this matter. I am gay and have watched NASCAR for 25 years. I will not miss a race even if I have to DVR it. It’s about time a national sport stood up for people of a different class no matter there background. Thanks NASCAR you will always be my favorite sport. THANKS….!!!!
— Robert Hughes, Oct. 2, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com

Not bigotry

Readers respond to our Sept. 27 poll, “Is it bigotry to believe homosexuality is sin?” (goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/25086/)

Bigotry is sourced in actions one takes based on their beliefs, not the belief itself. So a person who has a religious belief that homosexuality is a sin, is not bigoted. When that person kicks out a tenant from their property, refuses them service, denies them a raise, hires and fires based on that belief, or commits acts of shame, humiliation, and attack against someone who is homosexual, or someone who does not agree with their belief, then their belief has lead to intolerance and has become bigotry.
— Joseph Arrington, Sept. 27, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com

A person is free to believe what ever they want to. It’s only bigotry if they use those beliefs as an excuse for treating those with different beliefs in a degrading way.
— Justmaryp, Sept. 27, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com

Student responds

A student who participated in anti-gay outreach at Charlotte Pride, Aug. 24-25, responds to Dr. Michael Brown’s Sept. 27 guest commentary (goqntoes.com/25034/).

I was one of the students from Dr. Brown’s ministry who participated in the survey at the Charlotte Pride Event. I was with another student and as we were conducting the surveys, we were able to engage in great dialogue with many people. It was refreshing to be able to speak with someone with a difference of opinion but to still be able to treat each other with the utmost respect. We spoke with 3 ladies who actually thanked us for the way we were conducting ourselves and said that there was a clear distinction between how we handled ourselves vs others who are abrasive and condescending. I am glad I was able to participate in the survey so that even though I am clearly no expert, I do have a better understanding of the LGBT community. Matt, thank you for being willing to dialogue with Dr. Brown and for publishing his responses to your articles here on QNotes!
— Dylan, Sept. 27, goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com