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Dear Editor:

Last week I encountered a consequence of the Fair Housing Act when I attempted to place an ad for a female roommate in a local newspaper to find a woman to live in the spare bedroom of my house (I'm a widow). In wording my ad the ad taker insisted that I could not ask for a female roomer; I had to use the word person, otherwise the Fair Housing Act would call my request "discrimination." The fact is we all discriminate when we want a puppy for a pet instead of a kitten. Are there not rightful and wrongful ways to discriminate?

I would imagine the authors of the Fair Housing Act would have King James rewrite Genesis 1:26 and 27 like this: "Then God said, 'Let us make persons in our own image' ... So God created persons (Genesis 2:22) and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the first person made another person ... and in that second person's body made He a very special place in which to hold a new person; and in the first person's body He made a very special part to plant sperm cells into the second person's body that interact with an egg cell to create fertilization and grow into a new person inside the second person's body! And that new person will be born as an infant!

"And made He a very special part on the body of the second person to provide wonderful sustenance for the new infant person. And God gave to the first person the ability and desire to protect and provide for the other persons while the new person is vulnerable and growing to childhood, adolescence and adulthood!"

Perhaps in the advanced future (of what we call "science") single words can be devised for these two types of persons that God created, so that when we want to differentiate between them we don't have to use so many words describing the functions of body parts when we want to place a newspaper ad. Has anyone got an idea what words could be devised?

Kathy Svenson
Delta

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