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No on 8: Don't Discriminate

October 30, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Voters in California face a choice this election.

They can vote to change the state constitution to outlaw same sex marriage, which is the proposal put forth in Proposition 8, or they can defeat this proposal by voting NO on California Proposition 8.

I believe that enshrining discrimination into a constitution is always wrong.  I believe that the constitution should strive to protect and enlarge people’s rights, not decrease them.  My opposition to Proposition 8 is solidified by the scare tactics being used by the Proportion 8 proponents – the regular bogeymen of imagined prosecution of clergy and indoctrination of children, as well as additional tactics to threaten and shake down donors to No on 8.

The vote looks very close.  While both the moderate California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Presidential candidate Obama have voiced opposition to Proposition 8, neither has been particularly active or visible in the effort to defeat the Proposition.  Hey, Obama, use some of that excess political capital to make sure that the high African-American voter turnout (African-Americans favor the amendment at about 58%, according to one poll) doesn’t also put Proposition 8 over the top in California.  We can only hope that the younger Americans (who overwhelmingly oppose Proposition 8) who are also energized by Obama more than offset the potential supporters.

A friend of mine recently told me that he’d heard his pastor yell at the congregation for the last four weeks about how they had to go out and vote in favor of the proposition.  It was only after he actually did a little research and thought about the proposition that he came to the conclusion that he had to vote NO.  I just hope that there are a lot more thinking people in the pews out there who will do their own thinking.

How is this relevant on a Palin site?  Palin has said that she would support outlawing same-sex marriage at the Federal level (a position not shared by McCain – but he has voiced support for Proposition 8 in California – his is a “leave it to the states” approach).  Palin sees herself as a warrior of the Christian Right, someone on a mission from God.  When she talks about “cleaning up government,” she isn’t just talking about garden variety Ted Stevens-like corruption.  She’s talking about legislating morality.  And she doesn’t intend to stop with same sex marriage or outlawing abortion.  If you know anything at all about their goals, you know that these are just the tip of the iceberg on the Christian Right’s agenda.  And anyone who believes in freedom and civil rights in this country should be very afraid of the prospect of a person with Palin’s views taking a position of power.

“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

– Pastor Martin Niemöller

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