Monday, April 20, 2009

It takes a wingnut...

Apparently there's a new feature at Salon webzine, where a political conservative and former Bush administration official who remains anonymous (probably out of fear that the Department of Homeland Security will label him a threat to national security, or some such nonsense), answers liberal readers' questions about the conservative point of view.

This installment explains why social conservatives have a problem with "gay marriage."

Contrary to what many supporters of gay marriage seem to believe, the opposition to gay marriage is not motivated, as a general rule, in large part or small, by bigotry.... what inspires the first conservative objection to gay marriage, [is] the one born out of respect for society and those social traditions that, over time, have demonstrated that they exist for everyone's benefit....

It gets much better.

What follows is what I've been arguing for years. It's not about you and your little love-muffin. It's about all of us, and the proof in the pudding that holds us all together. The only reason some people are able to confuse "freedom" with "license" with impunity, is because there are enough of the rest of us to insist on maintaining the proper distinction. You have to wonder, though, how long that's going to continue, don't you think?

Or don't you?

[IMAGES: 1) Illustration by Mark Dancey for Salon. 2) Copyright 2009 by Chris Muir for Day by Day. All images used without permission or shame.]


Pro Ecclesia said...

You have love the headline the Slate editor gave the Wingnut's response: why conservatives "fear" gay marriage.

It CAN'T be base on reasoned opposition, which reasoned opposition I think the Wingnut explains very well. It can ONLY be explained on the basis of "phobia".

The Wingnut can't even get a fair hearing from the very publication that is paying him to write for them.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I'm amused to note how quickly the comments over there devolve into accusations of bigotry.

Right, gay is the same as straight. I'm sure many of their mothers were men.