It is incredibly ironic that Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields refused to sign a courtesy resolution honoring the Heartland Men’s Chorus on the eve of the group’s “And Justice for All” concert (3/27, Local, “Resolution mentioning gay men denied”).
Shields is cowardly hiding behind claims that some senators might find the resolution too controversial. What I find controversial is Sen. Shields’ level of intolerance.
The Heartland Men’s Chorus is dedicated to inspiring and honoring the beauty and greatness that lies in each and every one of us, regardless of our backgrounds and beliefs. Our community is fortunate to have this talented, dedicated and courageous group of men perform shows that not only celebrate the human spirit but encourage us to open our hearts and minds.
Missouri is also fortunate to have state senators like Jolie Justus, who value the efforts of organizations that promote tolerance and understanding and wish to recognize their contributions.
Perhaps the person who would have most benefited from being in the audience of “And Justice for All” last weekend is Sen. Charlie Shields.
Patty S. Pasley