As I’ve been finally getting around to cleaning out my e-mail boxes (which contained on Monday more than 400 missives), I have discovered some gems, notes from friends I mistakenly missed, praise from readers and links to thoughtful posts and articles on the web.
On reader alerted me to Camille Paglia’s extremely rich post from about a week ago.Â While the whole thing merits reading, in large part because of her praise of Sarah Palin (yet again) and criticism of the snobs who belittle her, it struck me how this diva (and yes, she is a diva and would delight at that appellation) offers an opinion on the Prop 8 protests nearly identical to my own:
After California voters adopted Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to prohibit gay marriage, gay activists have launched a program of open confrontation with and intimidation of religious believers, mainly Mormons. I thought we’d gotten over the adolescent tantrum phase of gay activism, typified by ACT UP’s 1989 invasion of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where the communion host was thrown on the floor. Want to cause a nice long backlash to gay rights? That’s the way to do it.
She has more on marriage, stuff I may get to in a subsequent post where she wonders, given the lifestyles of many gay men, if they (i.e., those gay men) really want marriage. There, she understands that marriage is not an open-ended commitment where each spouse has (sexual) relationships outside the union.
Just read the whole thing. And note how many diverse voices see the recent rallies as counterproductive. And how this wise woman uses a term, “tantrum,” I have used to describe them. I’m honored to be in such company, particularly on this issue.