Sunday, November 16, 2008

November 16: International Day for Tolerance

Can't we all just be nice to each other?  Please?

With all of the craziness that has been sparked over the result of Prop 8 in California, I've been wishing harder than ever that we could all just be respectful.

In this country, we still have the opportunity to vote.  Once those votes are tallied, law is made.  If there are people that don't like the result, it is then their opportunity to bring their own proposition to the people at the next election, or bring it to the court.

If I went and pasted signs in support of Prop 8 on the homes of gay and lesbian couples I know, (with whom I'm on good terms, btw), odds are I could be put in prison, fined, or both.  In our current political climate, that's considered a hate crime.  The Prop 8 opposers have done just that . . . only their posters were on the house of my God.  And since Christians (and other religious sects supporting the Prop 8 definition of marriage) are not protected classes, odds are no such charges will be brought against the demonstrators.

Deomonstrating in large, angry crowds on Sundays outside of the buildings where members of my church gather does nothing to change the result of the voting on Prop 8.  It's intimidating to church members who are gathering peacefully as Christians are instructed to do.  Demonstrations such as those are no more than retribution and intimidation . . . and that's not supposed to be a part of our political process.  

And if singling out one church from the multitude of churches who actively supported Prop 8 isn't discrimination, I don't know what is.


Closing note:  I welcome respectful questions and statements in response to this post.  Dissenting views are welcome, provided they are not laced with profanity, vulgarity, or hate.  No disagreement was ever settled with any of those.  Thank you.


Jenni said...

Yeah, and explain to me why it is that we are even seeing the craziness up here in Seattle. Hello people. It was in CA. Today after church, we found literature underneath our windshield wiper on our car about the whole prop 8 thing. The crazy thing is we live pretty far out of town - pretty much boon docks and we still deal with it. There was major picketing at an LDS church in downtown Seattle last week.

The sad thing, is you know that if Prop 8 would have failed, the good Christians would not have reacted this way because they lost.

People need to let democracy run its course.

Chrispy said...

I think it is sad that business owners that supported Prop 8 as a private individual are having their businesses targeted and receiving hate filled phone calls.

Debby said...

I wish your comments could be read in a more public forum. It was well said. Have you thought of sending it in as an editorial? However, for your safety perhaps not. We've had demonstrations here in Oregon as well and we passed the law last year and there weren't this many demonstrations!

Annalea said...

Thanks, everyone. And thank you, Debby, for the compliment. I didn't know that Oregon had also passed a similar law. Considering Oregon's liberal reputation, I thought the opposite was true.

I believe that the demonstrations are simply a "monkey-see-monkey-do" phenomenon. It started in LA (they're great for demonstrations/riots, if you remember the King riots), and other groups are simply following suit. It doesn't make any real sense, in that it's not part of our political process. It's gangster tactics from the 20's.

It will be interesting to see what eventually happens with this issue. The controversy is spreading, and I have a feeling that it will be taken to the courts, where the protesters' viewpoint will be borne out in law.

Thimbleanna said...

Excellent point Annalea. Gays have always been a very vocal group which is how, as such a small minority, they garner so much attention. I never understood their need for gay parades (after all, to people of other sexual persuasions (heterosexuals, polygamists, etc.) feel the need to have parades?) and now I just don't get this whole uproar. The people have spoken. Isn't that what happens with elections?

And I REALLY don't get how you can take an issue that THE PEOPLE have voted on and get a court to overturn it. I would think a court would have to have a pretty compelling reason (proof of vote tampering or something) to overturn the result of an election.

Dave Hingsburger said...

So when women were refused the vote - they should have just accepted the rule of law and just shut up? Black people should have been happy with slavery because the law demanded it? Repression leads to protest ... bigotry to outrage ... that TOO is part of the democratic process.