Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Looking For Solidarity

From Illinois' Jacksonville Journal Courier comes this quote from their Open Line...

“Perhaps bigotry is just deeply ingrained in the hardwiring of humans. In talking to some people who favor same-sex marriage, I learned that they actually oppose polygamy and group marriages. It’s utterly astounding that those who have been so recently victimized turn around and victimize others.”

I would clarify that this is only true about some supporters of the same-sex freedom to marry, not all; probably a minority. There is much solidarity. But we have seen this before in previous civil rights battles, this attitude of indifference of hostility towards others who are also seeking their rights. We should all stand up for each other so that we all have the freedom to marry.
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1 comment:

  1. "There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue."
    — Erich Fromm

    This is true of a lot of people. It saddens me to see people throw their fellows under the bus. I've been disheartened before, and tempted to retaliate. Until I learned I had to separate the cause from the people spreading it.Supporting people's right to marry others of whatever gender they choose is good. Unfortunately, for many of them I've met, I do not support their character. Then again, ever group has it's bad apples, it's just a shame when the bad apples are the ones on display as they can poison people's impression of the group as a whole. This has hurt them, I've seen it. When others, especially those on the fence see people throwing their fellows under the bus, it hurts their cause. I mean "why support their rights in marriage, when they don't want to support others rights in marriage?"


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