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Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Jihad Against Traditional Values

I have had it! Every once in a while a word or a phrase gets to be so irritating I need to take action. I am officially launching Jihad against Traditional Values. The last catch phrase I had to get rid of was, "You're drinking the Kool-Aid" (see my post about it here). But that was different. Traditional Values has become an uber-bad phrase and it needs to be put down. Now.

What was the precipitating incident that got me so against these two words? I'm glad you asked. This week's Economist (I am an avid reader of the magazine and recommend it) has an article (p 62) on how gay rights are faring in poor countries and I read this...
Bishop Joshua Banda, chairman of Zambia's National AIDS Council, said that donor countries' efforts to speak out against violations of gay rights were against Zambia's "traditional values".
It seems many politicians in Africa have been playing the "gay card" to get re-elected. Nice.

What's worse is that we have it here in this country. Gay marriage is said to be an assault on "traditional values". Let me tell you my friends, I live in Massachusetts and we have had gay marriage for a few years. I've been married (to a woman) for quite a while. At no point has my door been kicked in by two gay men stating, "Hi! We're Bill and Al. We're married and here to destroy your traditional marriage."  Honest, I'm not lying.

I don't use the term traditional values in everyday conversation, so it isn't enough for me simply not to say it. I have come up with several ways of responding to the word when it crosses my path.
  1. Carry an air horn and let out a blast. This should be able to convey my displeasure.
  2. Carry a sign that I can hold up stating, "Only jack-asses use the term traditional values (unless they are speaking out against them)."
  3. I'm going to use The Stupid Stick. I've got one and I'm not afraid to use it.
So take that Traditional Values. I'm coming for you.

I'm only one man with one Stupid Stick, but that's all I need...

in Purgatory.

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4 comments:

  1. I have to say - you have made a very select list of folk, including Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Josh Ritter, and my friend Dan, to make my list of quotes on Facebook.

    Welcome to an elite list, m'friend.

    "Gay marriage is said to be an assault on traditional values. Let me tell you my friends, I live in Massachusetts and we have had gay marriage for a few years. I've been married (to a woman) for quite a while. At no point has my door been kicked in by two gay men stating, 'Hi! We're Bill and Al. We're married and here to destroy your traditional marriage.' Honest, I'm not lying."

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  2. Not just "traditional values" but the word "traditional" makes me very, very suspicious.

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  3. "Traditional Values" is a religious (Christian) code name for things thought to have pious value even if they aren't clearly of the Bible. These may include things like special privileges for married individuals over singles, preference for mother over father in cases of child custody, etc.

    Labeling something as a traditional value is a spin in support of bias.

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  4. I agree, Doc - of course, religion itself is often used to justify bias.

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