Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Not Talking Smack or Gay Rights Are Human Rights
I talk smack.
A lot of smack.
There are times that I try to make a point in a rather respectful and serious way.
I know it's hard to believe.
My default setting seems to be stuck a lot of the time on: Contempt, Sarcasm, and Contemptuous Sarcasm.
However, when I talk to a friend who has a different opinion than I do I typically switch outta the default setting and gently but persuasively make my point.
Such was the case today when my old high school buddy joined the Facebook group: Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman
He stated that a lot of states have allowed folks to vote on this issue and they practically all agree that Gay Marriage is wrong. Also that he has a right to stand up for what he believes in. As a reason for being anti-gay marriage it's a matter of faith and that Gay Marriage undermines Conservative Morality.
I'm not going to cut/paste the entire discussion (too long and I'm lazy), but I will re-state my basic argument:
Here is my basic point about the government taking rights (wait... they can't take rights away though they can stop them from being exercised) away from anyone...
they need a really, really good reason to do so. The burden of proof is on the government to prove that there is an overwhelming need to hamper the rights of an individual. Otherwise, the government can restrict and oppress any minority (Evangelicals included).
Listen, let's say I signed up for, "Killing The Elderly At Age 70 Will Solve the Medicare/Medicaid Crisis"...
Now as a friend of mine I would imagine you would comment something like, "Dude, I think you're off base on this and this is why..." At which point we would have a discussion on the topic. In good faith, of course (sorry for the pun).
So when you say, "I support infringing on the inalienable rights of others." I'm going to say, "Dude, I think you're off base on this and here is why..."
I say this with respect.
When you say gay marriage undermines conservative morality what you are saying that gay marriage undermines anti-gay policies and feelings... it's a circular argument.
As to the voting issue...
I imagine in the 1940's if one took a vote in the old South a majority of people would vote for Segregation.
I imagine in the 1740's if one took a National vote the majority would be pro-Slavery.
By protecting rights of people we don't like we protect our society from Mob Rule (mobocracy).
No one says not to stand up for what you believe in (as I am doing now), but beliefs need to be questioned and challenged so that a person doesn't break the first two cardinal rules (Rule #1: Don't f@ck up.... Rule #2: Don't f@ck up).