Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Political Clout

Yesterday, the good folks over at the Family Research Council got themselves in a bit of a huff over Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) seeming a bit too pro-gay. Remarking on Ehrlich's appointment of an openly gay judge to a Maryland court, and his firing of a Metro board commissioner who called homosexaulity "deviant", the FRC cried:
Gov. Ehrlich's lurch to the left is deplorable. His firing of Mr. Smith is an assault on religious liberty and on freedom of speech. His election-year conversion to champion of gay issues is pandering at its worst. This once again highlights the radical impact that the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas has had on the country.

I was a bit amused to hear about "election-year...pandering" in favor of gay rights. Got to satisfy that massive gay conspiracy constituency. But hey--this is Maryland. Maybe they're right, and this is the rare state where bigotry doesn't have an election payoff. Wouldn't that be nice.

Meanwhile, James Dobson has a set of complaints about supposed media bias against the anti-gay crowd (ironically enough, published on CNN). You may remember Dobson for his bizarre claim that gay marriage "will destroy the earth." Well, he might have just topped himself:
So where does the issue go from here? Time will tell. It took William Wilberforce more than 30 years to bring about an end to Britain's slave trade in the 1800s. Unfortunately, we do not have the luxury of a protracted victory.

Am I reading Dobson right that gay marriage poses a greater moral threat than slavery? That's simply stunning. Folks like Dobson use and abuse the civil rights movement for their own agendas, but seem to have very little awareness of the gravity of the wrong itself.

Hmm...maybe the way Black people could properly remember their tragedy would be to support equal rights and citizenship for their gay compatriots. The most logical descendant of Loving v. Virginia, after all, is Goodridge v. Department of Health.


Michael J.W. Stickings said...

Nice post, David. I'm going to link to it this evening. I think you're right on the mark.

Rudi said...

What is up with MO. What is the debate about (im)moral equivilence of "slave trade" and gay marriage. Next thing you know we will have man on snake sex and marriage (LOL). I have an older PC, what's up with MO website, takes foever to load. Am i being put on the 700 Club mailing list? I made a mistake and checked out this:

Mark said...

As for your last jab, I'd still have to say ending slavery might be a more appropriate cause than anything else. If 50,000 per annum are sold into slavery in the US that seems shocking. You might know, how does that figure compare to the triangle traffic volume at it's peak? It would seem to me to have a more direct connect with their past ethnic tragedy (although there are differences in that today's slaves are not ethnically identified and are treated far worse).

I make (in post 1582) no moral equivalence between slavery and SSM (unlike Mr Dobson). I only noted that the two issues affect (by rough measure) a commensurate number of people, but don't get the same amount of press, and I wonder why? If the numbers affected are the same, why is slavery ignored and all the press going to the SSM issue? I dunno? And the fault for that is certainly as much that of Mr Dobson's and the "religious right" as the "libertarian" gay activists and liberal proponents of SSM. Finally, I think the 700 club has something to do with Mr Robertson (a TV show?), but I've never seen it (or had a reason to). Have you?