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Orlando shootings and a Father’s Day comparison with Karen Francisco

Karen Francisco, Editorial Page Editor of the Journal Gazette joined Charly Butcher on “Fort Wayne’s Morning News” to talk about this week’s Perspective cover package about the Orlando shootings. One story is about how the attack was, first and foremost, an attack on the gay community. The writer argues that anti-gay rhetoric contributed to the terrorist’s choice of targets: “Whatever his relationship to the Islamic State turns out to have been, his actions reveal him clearly to also have been a murderous homophobe.”  Another piece is from a local writer who is director of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library, which is housed at IPFW’s Helmke Library. He writes about the historic connection between homosexuality and hate, but also shares some history of the gay community in Fort Wayne, and the “safe places” that welcomed members of the LGBT community over the years.

They also have a Father’s Day column looking at differences and similarities between Republican and Democratic dads, based on research from a Pew Research Center survey. Republican dads rate the job they are doing as parents significantly higher than Democratic fathers rate themselves, even though Republican dads report spending less time with their children than Democratic fathers.

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