Outrage Over ‘Homophobic Letters’

To The Editor:

I was disappointed that such an esteemed journal as yours would have published the homophobic letters of D. Dahl and James L. Williamson (see NU, July 23). Issues related to financial planning sales and marketing should have nothing to do whatsoever with potential users’ sexual preference.

“Non-traditional couples” might be more accurately referred to as “same-sex unions,” since the use of the word “non-traditional,” a noxious euphemism, smacks of the same ill-informed Biblical judgment expressed by Williamson, if not Dahl.

And further, to assume that the need for financial planning resources is inspired by a plea for approval/acceptance, as opposed to the same financial needs we all seek, is a quantum leap of logic I find unfathomable.

This kind of dialogue (more aptly titled, diatribe) has no place in a credible business journal.

Kip Whitefield

Via e-mail

To The Editor:

It is a damn shame that the only letters that you chose to print were narrow-minded and prejudiced.

It is quite amazing to me that people like Dahl and Williamson profess to believe in a Christian God, yet they are completely intolerant of people whose only crime is to love differently than they do. Wouldn’t their Christian God want them to be tolerant of others who are different than they are?

How dare Williamson refer to a homosexual lifestyle as “illegitimate” and then invoke the Bible (which, by the way, was written by man) as justification! How dare Dahl state that same-sex couples create “cultural turmoil”! Who made them God? Bigoted people like them, whose bigoted views are rooted in religion, make me very glad that I am an atheist.

I wake up thankful every day that people like Dahl and Williamson live in other parts of the country so that we do not have to share the same air!

Paul N. Donas, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, LUTCF

To The Editor:

I want to applaud you for the articles on financial planning for non-traditional couples (see NU, July 2). As a certified financial planner who works with gay clients, I thought it was well done and greatly needed information for all professionals in the financial services arena.

Trina Tracy, CFP
Seymour, Indiana

To The Editor:

Thanks for the article on non-traditional couples. I am a single parent and want to make sure the bulk of my assets go to my daughter, not the state or lawyers. I appreciated the insight and strategy the writer shared. It’s not often that I see financial planning advice for the single person, yet many people are single at various times in their lives.

The letters from D. Dahl and James Williamson reflect a “50′s” view of the world that is not the reality for an increasing number of people today.

The insurance industry would do everyone a great service if it could focus on what today’s client needs and wants instead of trying to make the client fit into some ancient idea of what a “traditional couple” needs.

Jesus met everyone where they were. Insurance agents should do the same.

Cindy Dwigans
Kansas City, Mo.

To The Editor:

Thank you for the informative article on planning for non-traditional couples. Education is crucial in best serving clients, and I appreciate that you see it as your role to educate professionals. You provided valuable information regarding helping clients whose circumstances vary greatly. Our job is to help people achieve their financial goals, and bigotry has no place in that process. It is not our job to judge lifestyles.

Elizabeth Berman


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, August 20, 2001. Copyright 2001 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.


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