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Fear Factor

Thursday, Apr. 09, 2009 3:42 AM

Common sense has prevailed in both Iowa and Vermont, as those states now join Massachusetts in legalizing same-sex marriage.

On the other hand, here in California, the State Supreme Court continues to dither about whether Proposition 8 qualifies as an amendment or a revision to the State Constitution, an approach which continues to puzzle me.

Discrimination is discrimination. If it's wrong, say so, and stop pussy-footing around with the legalese.

Because we know what's going to happen - if the court rules Proposition 8 wrongly phrased and overturns it, it will get rewritten and put up again in the next election. This measure is being backed by people who think 'unconstitutional' means 'change the constitution'.

Let's get it right. You can't catch 'gay,' you can't suddenly 'become gay,' and 'gay' doesn't slither out of your neighbor's bedroom and into the intimate affairs of you and yours in the middle of the night. It doesn't invalidate your marriage or make it less sacred. It's not taking away resources from a limited pool.

The objections to same-sex marriage are based on religious ideology and fear, which we should not be enshrining as the law of the land.


Newsweek's feature article this week is on the decline in the numbers of self-professed Christians in America, inspiring them to ask if This Is The End of Christian America.

I personally think this 'disappearing Christian America' meme is bullshit. It's irresponsible scare-mongering. Some of these people are the same ones wailing about how President Obama is going to take away their guns, the U.S. Dollar, turn us into a socialist state, a communist state, a fascist state, an Islamic state.


It's ironic (though that may not be the exact word you come up with) that there are protests in Iraq today, on the 6th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad - or, rather, the day Saddam scurried off to hide in a rat hole.

The anti-U.S. protests come at the direction of Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric with the private militia.

Who wouldn't be where he is if we hadn't gotten it into our thick skulls that toppling a dictator from the Sunni minority would result in a bastion of American-style democracy.

Candy and flowers, anyone?



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