Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hitting the Right Note

Tho he stumbles through the line, John C. Reilly makes the most important point here.
You can't make your church's beliefs my government's beliefs.

It's easy to argue that the proposition passed because people are stupid. And with a little education they would no longer be stupid. But that's not true. They're not stupid and education hasn't changed their minds. There are thousands of BAs MAs PhDs MDs and JDs that voted for Proposition 8. I think there were 3 MFAs.

The point is not about knowledge but fear. What do you fear most and where do you want to build your fortress? That debate might actually get us somewhere.

1 comment:

Casey said...

You make an interesting point here, Fen...

Would it be wrong to interpret you as suggesting that fearing others leads to injustice? I mean, set aside for a moment the preposterousness of the notion that homosexuality is scary (precisely because, for whatever reasons, it is scary to some "folks).

I mean, this just seems like a potentially "nutshell" moment for me -- have you summed up the entire field of social-ethics in suggesting that fearing others is the root of injustice?

Division = injustice? It's an interesting thing because "fear" seems to be something that happens on the so-called "gut-level," but you might be asking people to recognize their fear and not accept it based on the principle that "Fear = injustice," or something. Is that possible? Have you ever recognized a fear and then "gone through" it? I think I probably have, but it's never easy to admit, because it would be tantamount to admitting you "used to be" a hater, right?

As I implied the other day in some post or other, Blessed be the converts.