Friday, October 31, 2008

CA: Yes on 8; No on 8, Why the Hate?

An Observation by Bruce :

This year seems different in tone than other election years.

From using Halloween as an excuse to hang Palin mannequins from trees and stick knives in Obama mannequin necks is a statement that speaks volumes about the mentality of those who think they've got something to say. There are better ways that don't spread that kind of hate.

Politics is a finicky monster.

Here in California, there's proposition 8 and it drags religion into the volatile field of politics. It will basically ban gay marriage in CA if passed. It's religious perspectives vs individual rights and it's getting ugly here. Signs are being stolen, graffiti and vandalism are being committed in the name of the proposition and it's a sad shame.

It's basically one group of people wanting to control the options of others.

Wikipedia covers the issue squarely enough to get the idea. It appears that over $13 million have been spent on this one proposition alone.

One of the arguments for the prop is the coverage this issue will get in schools and that children will be exposed to the environment of gay union. Are they saying we shalt bury our heads and ignore what IS happening? It's inevitable.

The endorsers are primarily Christian groups. Is this another religious war? In my youth I've had a very niave perspective on the holiness of what religion is supposed to be but I get confused by action. On the other side of the world, people kill each other in what they think is the right thing to do, in the name of God. Here, people are using their passion to go beyond debate and take physical action.

Here in the United States, religion wants it's freedom to believe in what they want and to practice where they want, in their churches and homes. I get that. I have my beliefs and I keep them close to the vest and in my home.

Yet they want to control others options.
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UPDATE 11/4/08: The Prop. 8 campaign set a record as the most expensive social issue election in the nation's history, with more than 140,000 donors giving a combined $73 million to the two sides. Across the state, thousands of volunteers worked phone banks and knocked on doors in an effort to drum up support. (source)

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Hi - sorry for the confirmation but I need to weed out the noise from the well intended comments. Thanks for leaving a note... - Bruce