Shortly after learning last night how advocates of gay marriage intend to contest California’s Proposition 8 (focusing on how the number of the initiative rhymes with “hate”) I learned that some of those supporting the initiative, particularly those behind the website, ProtectMarriage.Com represent the most extreme Christian conservatives.
On the one hand, you have those who refuse to understand some people’s legitimate opposition to gay marriage (see e.g., this post). On the other, you have those who refuse to consider the legitimate religious beliefs of those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
Doesn’t look like we’re going to get a very substantive debate on one of the most serious issues of our time (indeed of any time).
I had intended to blog on that, noting that similarity on both sides of the issues–a refusal to understand the arguments of their adversaries. David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch seem to be two of the noble exceptions in this debate.
Not just that. There seems to be a dichotomy between the leaders of each movement and the people they claim to represent. While sensible people offer serious objections to gay marriage, the leaders of the movement seem to have a problem with any who do not accept Jesus as their personal savior. When most gay people who seek to have their relationships recognized as marriage understand the meaning of the institution, the leaders of the movement for gay marriage do not.
Anyway, I have already said more than I had thought I would be able to write today.
Since getting back from Cincinnati, while my mind has been aswirl with thoughts, ideas and images, I’ve really not been in much of a mood to do any more than scribble them down on a piece of paper as a reference for a future e-mail, post or other writing.Â That is, I haven’t really felt up to organizing them into a post.
Perhaps, it’s that I’ve been blogging so intensely since March that as per this post, I need to take a break to focus on other things and recharge my batteries (so to speak).
Anyway, I hope to build on the ideas I addressed in the first part of this post in a subsequent piece because of the importance of marriage to our society. Shouldn’t the debate on extending that ancient institution to same-sex couple be more than a series of insults hurled back and forth?
As I’ve said before, I’m amazed at the lameness of this debate. It’s why I single out Rauch so readily.
And I had wanted to say something about Tony Snow who, like me, is a native of Cincinnati and whose very presence taught me some important lessons about dealing with difficulty and finding one’s way in the world. I found Bruce’s tribute most touching.
Just as he didn’t know Bruce was at the table next to him at the Alexandria restaurant, he didn’t know how much his life had impacted mine. Yet, just as Bruce felt he was in his company, I often felt I had been in the presence of this man even though I had never come close to the man.
I hope to get the chance to explain why in a future post.