I’ve lived in five different states–Oklahoma, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, and Indiana. I was very proud last year when one of my former home states, Maryland, legalized gay marriage by popular vote. It made me want to boil a crab and joyfully whack it with a hammer. Maryland is also home to Brendon Ayanbadejo, who continues to show us that football is gay whether you like it or not. (Somehow I suspect that Oklahoma and Louisiana will continue to lag behind Maryland on this issue for quite some time…)
But not everyone in Maryland has come to terms with the fact that their state is finally on the right side of history. Responding to this op-ed from the Baltimore Sun, reader William Engle wants to let everyone know that an op-ed is…an op-ed.
I found Dan Rodricks‘ column on Dr. Ben Carson jaded and biased (“Ben Carson’s biblically based conservatism,” March 31).
His opinion editorial was biased! It lacked that detached objectivity that people normally have when expressing a thought that is clearly labeled as their own personal opinion.
Mr. Rodricks accused Dr. Carson of making homophobic remarks, but it was just his opinion that the remarks were homophobic in nature.
Mr. Rodricks expressed his opinion in his opinion piece! Egads!
Interestingly, Engle has in fact expressed a fact (in the sense that any tautology is a fact), but the “fact” he thinks he’s expressing is one of those conservative “facts” where information which contradicts what one already believes is rejected on the basis that one didn’t already believe it. Hence Carson’s opinion is not homophobic because Engle didn’t already believe it was homophobic. So when Rodricks called it homophobic, clearly that’s “bias” rather than “fact”. If it were fact, then Engle would have already believed it to be homophobic before he read Rodricks’ piece.
Mr. Rodricks should write a column every week denouncing those who oppose gay marriage for their anti-gay bigotry.
I’ll be honest. I’m not exactly sure what to make of this sentence. But I do agree with it. I certainly intend to do this.
I believe that homosexuals should have the same rights as any other citizen.
Hey everybody, let’s play my new favorite game, Bullshit Bigot Boilerplate (BBB)! And now for the “Guess What the Next Sentence Says!” segment.
Today we have a conservative semi-southerner who thinks “bias” means “different from my beliefs”. He’s just splurted out a sentence about thinking everyone should have equal rights. Which utterly predictable, bullshit right wing non-thought will follow in the next sentence? Will it be…
A.) Homosexuals have the same right to follow the Bible and do all and only what it says?
B.) Homosexuals have the same right as any other citizen to have me tell them they can’t marry?
C.) Homosexuals have the same right to marry an opposite sex person as any other citizen?
D.) Homosexuals have the same rights as any other citizen, except for the following rights which I exclude arbitrarily?
Let’s find out!
However, if they need to legalize their actions they should do so and call it something other than marriage.
DING DING DING DING DING! It was D, everybody! If you picked D, add 5 points to your BBB score card. If you guessed something else, never fear–it’s inevitable that some bigot out there will say A, B, or C at some point.
Centuries of civil and religious ceremony lie behind the relationship between a man and woman who chose to join together, and it is called a marriage.
Centuries of religious ceremony also lie behind one man marrying multiple women and selling his daughters to marry other men as if they were property. Will you be writing a letter to the editor in favor of this any time soon?
And now, we go to the Meaningless Dogwhistle section of BBB. What empty, tired cliche of a term will Engle use to try to make us believe his dumbshit opinion is actually daring and interesting?
Just because that isn’t politically correct shouldn’t make us change the definition to suit those who practice homosexuality.
Oooo, “politically correct.” That’s worth 10 points in BBB.
If you look up marriage in the dictionary it is specific in definition and not arbitrary.
Huh. Okay. Gimme a second to go to Dictionary.com and look that up…
mar·riage [mar-ij] Show IPA
To include homosexuals under the same centuries old identification denigrates the past and current relationship of millions of persons in a marital union.
It is not homophobic to have this opinion or belief.
Legalizing gay unions and calling the union a marriage will flaunt cultural mores and the sensibility of millions of people.
It is as ridiculous as calling one of the partners in such a relationship the wife, if both partners are male; or calling one of the partners in such a relationship the husband if both partners are female.
Additionally, Mr. Rodricks chose to discuss other concerns that Dr. Carson has expressed.
Mr. Rodricks obviously disagree with Dr. Carson on a range of subjects. But when he implies that all those who agree with Dr. Carson are to be disregarded, one wonders who set him up as an authority on anything?
If anything, Mr. Rodricks’ column reflects the views of a man who has no tolerance for any point of view other than his own.