Article Title:Readers disgusted with Herald over Vercoe
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:9th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2356
Text:The NZ Herald is in hot water with its readers over Saturday's screaming "World Without Gays" front page headline. A selection of comments published in today's edition of the paper seem to suggest the majority of readers are disgusted with both the Herald, and Archbishop Vercoe, who in Saturday's article said in the future homosexuality would not be tolerated and that it was an abomination, despite members of his own family being gay. “It is cruel and unnecessary to remind gays that there are still those about who believe them to be immoral,” says Lindsay Mitchell of Wellington. “If you care for the individual you let him live his life in the way it will bring him the most happiness and fulfilment.” “We have read the Herald's sensationalist headline "A world without gays" on behalf of Archbishop Vercoe and after much reflection consider that a world without religion would be more preferable,” says Wayne Beverley of central Auckland. “That the Herald has chosen a heading so provocatively homophobic is reflective of a newspaper seemingly driven by a conservative mandate with little regard for the result on the community at large. The effect of such a damming statement is significant and buys support of hatred propaganda,” writes Amanda Robb of Westmere.    
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