Demand The Jonesboro Sun Retract Homophobic Statements
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Jonesboro Sun
David Mosesso
Editor- Chris Wessel
Managing Editor
Maria Flora
Production Manager
Roger Brumley

Demand The Jonesboro Sun Retract Homophobic Statements

    1. Michael  MIddleton
    2. Petition by

      Michael MIddleton

      Minneapolis, MN

On Saturday, July 21st, 2012, the Jonesboro Sun printed an opinion from a local citizen who congratulated the Boy Scouts of America for "doing the right thing" by upholding their ban on gay boys and men who wish to participate in the organization. The man stated: "That's why they are called the Boy Scouts of America and not the Queer Scouts of America."

There is a difference between free speech and hate speech. There is a difference between free press and press that promotes hate. This is completely unacceptable and needs to be rectified. Help us demand a retraction from the Jonesboro Sun. They need to know that we do not support or tolerate such blatant ignorance and bigotry.

Recent signatures


    1. The Jonesboro Sun printed an opinion about it's "insensitive language"

      Michael  MIddleton
      Petition Organizer

      Someone from Jonesboro posted a picture of the opinion page printed by the Jonesboro Sun yesterday. They published an opinion about how the homophobic comment was insensitive language. I have not heard directly from the paper and there is no retraction or apology in direct response to this petition. There is no statement from the Jonesboro Sun addressing the editorial choice behind printing this homophobic comment. You can go to their facebook page and see all of the comments made by people who live in Jonesboro. They were really upset by this and rightly so. I think people were happy to see the opinion printed in response to the discriminatory comment. I think it would also be smart for the Sun to publicly commit to no longer printing these kinds of hateful comments anywhere in their newspaper. Thanks for your help.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Scott JONESBORO, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      As a formal resident and with ties to family and friends in the town where this publication was mass produced, I am overwhelmed. I can not imagine that publishing an opinion instigating hate for a minority of human beings is a going to prove anything to the audience. Except that it is fine to act in hate as well as speak for it. I find it interesting that it is okay with the editor, Chris Wessel, to publish a message such as this. After many instances of blind anger, naive ideas have ended with violence and destructive tendencies in a common pattern for Jonesboro and, alarmingly, many other areas. (For instance, the defaced Synagogue around Christmas time of this previous year.) Imagine a scenario where a child or adolescent is learning to read the paper and he/she looks up to a parent, teacher, or friend and has to ask what "queer" means. Imagine the response from the outside source. The opinion article is not meant for slander of a minority in a "witty" statement. It is not meant to feed into an awful chain of neglected brains and opinions washed with ideas stemming from intolerant subjective terms. It is to my understanding that it is proposed as a way into looking at ideas for growth, that may or may not be outside of an agreeable standpoint. An opinion article, is meant to share perspective, as opposed to wasting it. Way to go Chris. Let's distract the public from other issues such as troops being sent to Syria, tax cuts for the rich, drones and other very important issues and happenings that are relevant to the public interest, by once again placing the attention on a scapegoat that deserves a whom-ping apology, as well as the people around the "queers" supporting them with open arms. Gay rights are human rights.

    • John Crosthwait FAYETTEVILLE, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      Im from Jonesboro and this is an embarrassment.

    • Tawnya Lambert RIVERSIDE, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I am saddened by the fact that the Jonesboro Sun would print such a hurtful, hateful and ignorant statement.

    • Earl House GERMANTOWN, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Such outright bigotry & hatred disgust me to the very core of my being. There should be nothing but outrage over a American newspaper printing such filth for mass consumption.

    • Jerry Wood SHERWOOD, AR
      • over 1 year ago

      While I realize this is a letter to the editor, the editors of the Jonesboro Sun had the choice to not print this bit of bigotry. By printing it, the newspaper is implying support of the writer's comments, and that is shameful.


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