As I was attending various family events and traveling, I won’t have much time to blog, so will put a quotation out there which, I hope, will spur some discussion. I first read it in Andrew Ferguson’s piece in the Weekly Standard on the newest entrant into the Republican presidential contest, Texas Governor Rick Perry.
For now, I will say that while I am (with one major concern in terms of policy* and a number of concerns about his style) impressed with the general tenor of the the Air Force veteran’s campaign, a number of conservative bloggers and pundits have raised some questions about his record. (Jennifer Rubin has offered perhaps the best critiques of his candidacy.)
So, here’s his comment on homosexuality which I trust our readers to consider with spirit, insight and intelligence:
“Though I am no expert on the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate, I can sympathize with those who believe sexual preference is genetic,” he wrote. “I respect their right to engage in the individual behavior of their choosing, but they must respect the right of millions in society to refuse to normalize their behavior.”
“We must draw a line in the sand: People have the right to decide for themselves what they will believe in the core of their being, and how they will live,” he wrote. “For those who want to throw stones at homosexuals in the name of calling out sin, may they be just as loud about adultery among heterosexuals and pornography among their own churchgoing friends.”
I do like the libertarian tenor of his views and expect to have more to say on this anon. They are in the same vein as comments by from his fellow candidate Herman Cain.
*from apparently taking a “federalist” approach to state recognition of same-sex marriage to favoring a federal marriage amendment to the United States Constitution allowing only the recognition of traditional marriages.