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03/15/2007

It's Buchanan's polarized world, we just get stigmatized in it

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 14-16From WorldNetDaily, this is Pat Buchanan's response to Senator John Warner's statement that homosexuality is NOT immoral:

Who, Sen. Warner, are the moral authorities for your assertion that homosexual conduct is moral – other than the Bishop Robinson wing of the Episcopal Church?

What this uproar tells us is that America is no longer a moral community. On the most fundamental issues – abortion, promiscuity, homosexuality, euthanasia, sterilization, cloning, and the creation of, and buying and selling of, fetuses for research – we are at war. What part of the nation sees as progress, the other sees as depravity.

And where there is no moral community, there will not long be one country. For in a religious or culture war, there is no peaceful coexistence.

One side wins, the other side loses.

As President Bush said, he who is not with us is against us.

Oh, Mr. Buchanan. When other kids were saying they wanted to be a fireman when they grew up, were you aspiring to be an uber-divisive, self-righteous pot stirrer, or did you not until college realize your desire? Either way, you have made a career of keeping the world seen as black and white, good vs. evil, moral vs. immoral, secular progressive vs. religious conservative, scream vs. shout. It's all so exhausting.

But here's the thing -- without others trying to extend their religious beliefs to the public sector and the legislation of morality, there would be no "culture war" (a term, it should be noted, that Buchanan is often credited for popularizing via his 1992 RNC speech). We cannot peacefully coexist at this time because religious, social conservatives refuse to realize that their faith is not EVERYONE's faith. They won't accept the idea that religious freedom also means the freedom to NOT believe, or to believe in less popular ways. They simply cannot or will not accept that we do not live in a theocracy, and no matter how large a portion of the population prays in a certain way, we are still a nation in which church and state affairs are to remain separated!

Morality is not solely based in religion. One's moral compass can be finely tuned with or without the assistance of belief in a higher power. It is not just "the Bishop Robinson wing of the Episcopal Church" who believe that gays are normal and moral, but rather millions of folks who cull their viewpoints from sources other than one-sided interpretations of multi-translated text. These people are as American as anyone else! If folks like Pat Buchanan would stop painting those with whom he disagrees as lesser than thinkers who exist on a moral plane less holy than his own, THEN we could make some inroads towards agreement and compromise. But as long as the judgments are dished at our lives so offensively and the stones are cast at our loves in such a forceful manner, we will never be able to pass the peace pipe.

Gen. Pace vs. Parson Warner [WND]

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my thoughts exactly......mr. buchannan always makes me bristle. really, i have never thought of myself, my partner or our 5 children as immoral in any sense. ( i don't think my neighbors think so either.)

Posted by: joe | Mar 15, 2007 1:39:31 PM

"or to believe in less popular ways"

Bravo! Thank you for remembering the great diversity within the GLBT and GLBT-friendly community-- including members of progressive faith communities! It is greatly appreciated, and I really enjoy your blog.

Posted by: Angie | Mar 15, 2007 2:21:54 PM

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