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04/08/2010

If other people's marriages makes you retch, you might wanna see someone

by Jeremy Hooper

This writer doesn't watch "Dancing With The Stars." But I did see this week's clip related to both anti-miscegenation laws of the past and inequality laws of the present, and it was one of the most heartfelt moments I've ever seen from a reality competition show. Even if you thought it was cheesy, I don't see how you could fail to see that the heart and emotion attached is incredibly pure.

But then again, I don't think like a social conservative, who heaves at the thought of freedom. This from the blog of The Ruth Institute(A National Organization For Marriage affiliate:

Those who value the survival of their brain cells do not watch Dancing With the Stars.

Until now.

Now we can also say that those who value either the survival of their brain cells or traditional marriage also do not watch that execrable show.

Witness this (if you can keep your lunch down).

I think I got stupider just watching that. It made no attempt to engage the issue (and why should a stupid talent show engage this or any issue?) instead, it just attempted to tug at heartstrings. It was like a sucker punch saying that those who support traditional marriage are just mean and nasty people. Well, to DWTS, I say this. Don’t strain yourself trying to persuade me so much next time.

If you can stand to watch people dancing, then perhaps you ought to watch a Fred Astaire film or something. At least Freddy never attempted to change your mind about the definition of marriage.

Anyway, I think, after watching this, I’m going to retch. I bet you will too.

Retching with the stars… [Ruth Institute]

But wait, this writer is faulting the show for supposedly not engaging, yet he or she limits the discourse to "this made me want to retch"? Typical social conservatism.

The truth: Groups like the Ruth Institute hate to see scenes like this one national television because they know that it has the ability to open far more minds than they will ever be able to seal back shut. They know that the dots of connection are being put into place. They know that the boob tube has power, and that it's firmly committed to taking us out of the darkness (with ABC really stepping it up in particular). When looking for hope, TV is one bright star that should certainly put a dance in all equality-favoring people's weary-but-stoic shoes!

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