What Happened to our Newspaper?

One must wonder at the motives of L.K. Hanson and the Minneapolis Star Tribune when the cartoon produced by Hanson and published in the Trib included a quote from the work of the Frenchman Charles Baudelaire.
Baudelaire was an idle, wanton child of French nobility living in the nineteenth century Paris described by Dickens in Tale of Two cities.
“He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, studying law, a popular course for those not yet decided on any particular career. Baudelaire began to frequent prostitutes and may have contracted gonorrhea and syphilis during this period. Baudelaire began to run up debts, mostly for clothes. Upon gaining his degree in 1839, he told his brother ‘I don’t feel I have a vocation for anything.’ Later Jeanne Duval became his mistress. His mother thought Duval a ‘Black Venus’ who ‘tortured him in every way’ and drained him of money at every opportunity. She was rejected by his family. He made a suicide attempt during this time.” (from Wikipedia)
A good portion of his life was lived in poverty because his family stopped supporting him after he wasted much of their fortune. The effort he is most noted for is a work titled The Flowers of Evil. In his later years he became an ardent supporter of one of the worst racists in history, Richard Wagner.
If the intent of this cartoon was to promote the effort for defeating the marriage amendment here in Minnesota, both the paper and Hanson have grossly missed their mark. His quote clearly states that church invented marriage to abolish love. If this is the case, why would the gay and lesbian community want to get married and why would the religious community fight it? If the purpose of marriage is to destroy love, then having the gay and lesbian community marry would be the destruction of their love.
A disturbed misogynist with an Oedipus complex has been selected as the spokesperson gay and lesbian community? He is quoted as saying “It is this horror of solitude, the need to lose oneself in the external flesh, that man nobly calls ‘the need to love’.” Obviously his deranged view of love was to have sex with women, any women, as often as possible. This is not the view of the heterosexual or homosexual community, of religious zealots or avowed atheists and most certainly not of the vast majority of any community. How sad that our newspaper has failed every part of our community and has begun publishing hate messages against religion.

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