I know that The Nation has a relaxed policy when it comes to letters content.
Okay I don’t have a problem with that. The issue sometimes is one of judgement. For example, we have the likes of the awful Nigel Pike and his perpetual bellyaching about ordinary folks just trying to get by like everyone else. The fact that their sexual leaning is different to his, though, sticks in his craw. People don’t ask to be the way they are. He can dress it up any way he wants with his fancy words, but that’s what it is. It’s always exactly the same when he picks fights with reasonable writers on this page too.
This kind of small-minded prejudice can be dangerous in the wrong hands, as history tells us. I notice though that Mr Pike doesn’t exactly ever face up to people he doesn’t like directly, but does so from a nice safe distance, just like others of his kind. As someone who prefers being direct if possible, that says it all for me.