To the Editor,
Until June 10, Carlisle residents flew rainbow flags to show their support of a local same-sex couple whose home was solely targeted by a trespasser leaving printed materials warning of God's judgment. It isn't the first time the couple has been harassed in Carlisle so this act seemed like an escalation of hostility, according to Rev. Diane Miller of The First Religious Society in Carlisle, who proposed the supportive flag raising. Police were called, but it's unlikely a culprit will ever be found.
We abhor this show of bigotry against our neighbors, and are saddened that such intolerance is present in our community.
We propose that Concord residents display our own rainbow flags. You can pick up a free, 3'x5' rainbow flag from from 9AM-1PM in the office of the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., where everyone is welcome to worship. Please fly this emblem of gay pride until July 15--long enough for the Massachusetts "Hate Crimes Penalties Act" to come into effect. It provides stiff penalties to anyone who assaults a person or causes damage to property with the intent to intimidate a person because of their sexual orientation as well as race, color, religion, national origin or disability.
Please don't be silent, be an activist.
Thanks for your compassion.
Lynn McFarlan Randall
Members of the Social Action Community Board at First Parish in Concord, a Unitarian Universalist congregation