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Responses to Laura Schlessinger

"Every time I tune in Mistress Laura, she’s in dominatrix mode, lecturing or cutting off in mid-sentence a pathetic caller (probably wearing handcuffs and a leather hood) who later ends up thanking her for receiving the whipping she administers. No question, she is a piece of work. Which is no reason, however, to bar her from the airwaves, one of the few places on the planet where being deviant and biologically errant can land you an acre in Bel-Air."

Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2000

"Dr. Laura’s comments are misguided precisely because they reinforce an erroneous view of homosexuality in the Bible and reflect more of her personal opinion on this issue than that of traditional religion in whose voice she claims to speak."

Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Rabbi

"...we demonstrate that commitment in a number of ways, including by recognizing the diversity of our tens of millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees" and that her views run contrary to the airline's "corporate commitment to respecting our employees as well as our customers." [On pulling ads for Laura's program from its in-flight magazine]

Matthew Triaca, United Airlines Spokesperson

"We believe that a tone of demonization and needless hostility characterizes your remarks on these issues ... we are concerned that others might use such statements to justify acts of violence or discriminate against gays and lesbians."

Jewish Anti-Defamation League, Letter of March 24, 2000

"All of us here are just as outraged to be advertising in the midst of such bigotry. I assure you, that by no means do we share Dr. Schlessinger's views. In fact, we have pulled out all advertisements from running with her show again."

More.com spokesperson

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