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06/13/2006

Knight forces ghosts of dead icons to say, "yo, don't drag me into this!'

by Jeremy Hooper

   While criticizing liberal U.S. Senators in yet another post-mortmen on last week's Senate marriage vote, the Concerned Women For America's Robert Knight (pic.) says:

Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) was one of the few who actually talked about the MPA itself. He called any vote for the amendment "a vote for bigotry, pure and simple." Well, that's pretty straightforward. If Mr. Kennedy is correct, then about half the Senate, the president of the United States, the Pope, Billy Graham, the late Mother Teresa, Franklin Roosevelt, the Founding Fathers and a majority of the U.S. electorate is or was drooling, raving hate mongers.

Yes, because we all remember when Mother Teresa took time from her work with the poverty-stricken to speak out in favor a constitutional gay marriage ban. And FDR -- who can forget learning in high school history class about how he couldn't decide whether to propose the New Deal or a Federal Marriage Amendment? Not to mention the Founding Fathers, who obviously MEANT to include a "marriage is one man, one woman" stipulation in our nation's most precious governing document, they just had the foresight to know that Bush, Santorum, Frist, et al., would be the better men for the job.

Seriously, Roberto -- your bringing up these names TOTALLY gives your argument credibility. Though next time we'd go back even further and evoke the names of Columbus and his long-forgotten fourth ship, "The Ban Those 'Mos," or the Pilgrims and the secret gay marriage ban they inscribed on the bottom of Plymouth Rock.

To speak to another point, we're sick of those reacting to Kennedy's remarks not making the distinction that he said the vote itself is "bigotry," not that those voting for it would themselves be bigots. It may sound small, but it's actually a very important difference. One does not have to be a bigot to support bigotry; all civilizations have tolerated various forms of bias. Many people casually accept or accepted intolerance due to misinformation, misguided teachings, false facts, junk science, improper leadership, personal issues, etc. It is quite wrong of Mr. Knight to make the leap that Kennedy is implying that those who vote in favor of marriage bans are all "drooling, raving hate mongers." It is an assertion that, quite frankly, reeks of defensiveness, as Sen. Kennedy (rightfully) attacked the measure, not the character of those who supported it.

Mr Knight, if you're going to challenge Kennedy's words, at least give him the respect of CHALLENGING HIS ACTUAL WORDS. It is, after all, what Mother Teresa would've done.

Bait and Switch [CWA]
GOP Says "I Do" To Bigotry[TedKennedy.com]

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