Progressive? I think not.

Published by Cogito in the blog Cogito's blog. Views: 308

This is a short item I posted on my personal website in the wake of Election Day in the United States.
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Two days ago, America was patting itself proudly on the back for having overcome centuries of racism in electing its first African-American President.

Never mind that not one news story before or after the election has failed to mention his race. His campaign may not have been run on a race ticket, although I have to wonder whether the frequency he insisted that race was not an issue made certain that no one could forget it. We have not advanced so far as a nation that race is no more significant than height or hair color.

And while we were so proudly celebrating our enlightened state, Californians were taking a long stride backwards into intolerance. Proposition 8 ripped the right to marry from same-sex couples. What harm does same-sex marriage threaten to traditional marriage? Marriage under the law has little connection to marriage within any religion. Just as a religion may not recognize a second marriage as valid, that same religion need not recognize gay unions. So where is the threat to religion, unless that faith insists its practitioners control those outside their faith?

I am not gay. I have no personal axe to grind. Nevertheless, I am deeply, profoundly ashamed.
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