Following this thread, I make the following points:
1. The far right has long tried to confuse religion with discrimination. Let’s agree not to let them set the terms for discussion. When you cloak discrimination with religion, it makes many others feel uncomfortable disagreeing with others’ religious beliefs. This is not about religion. So let’s not let the right set the agenda and tone of conversation. This is about discrimination by a minority of another minority.
2. Let’s also not be confused that we are playing on the same field with the same rules regarding freedom of speech, democracy, and honesty. The religious right has made it clear that they intend to stuff their beliefs down other people’s throats. They do not believe in pluralism or democracy but use democracy to advance their own agenda. If they had absolute power, do you honestly believe they would put major changes to a vote or would they do it by edict?
3. Think about their stances about abortion, birth control, sex education, and gay rights. They don’t believe in compromise or letting others decide what they want. They want to decide for everyone what is allowed. Any disagreement is looked at as attacking them. This is why a Mormon church based in Utah worked so hard to fund a California initiative.
4. Let’s not forget that the Mormon Church looks the other way at polygamy with its associated child abuse and child brides. They could have used the $20 million to stamp out polygamy and child abuse within the Mormon community, instead of using to fight gay marriage.
5. With all the talk about liberal media, look at what has happened over the past 8 years of the Bush administration. We have had a resurgence of right wing media who has lied and distorted more than any liberal media – knowing they would have support from Washington and their lies would be believed. Look at Fox news for one. Who owns most of the media? Even liberal bastions such as the NY Times have pulled their punches and bent over backwards in order to be perceived as “fair.” Look at CBS and the Dan Rather issue in the courts now. CBS wanted to placate the far right. The religious right has never worried about being far, only about advancing their agenda.
6. Finally, look at what is a lie and innuendo and what is fact and truth. Look at who says what. Judge for yourselves. This is not a fair fight. Anne Richards, former governor of Texas, who was beaten by George Bush, said once that the far right talks about compassion and fairness, but don’t be deceived. They want those who disagree with them in body bags.