I wrote the title purposely. It’s bound to get people’s dander up.
I probably could have written “Religious values and politics” and increased folks’ blood pressure just as much.
“Moral values and politics” may have been a little more acceptable.
So how about “Values and politics?”
Am I far off base here? Don’t we all have values? Don’t we want to see all Americans embrace those values?
Isn’t equality for all men a value? Isn’t honesty a value? Try this list:
“…care and responsibility, fairness and equality, freedom and courage, fulfillment in life, opportunity and community, cooperation and trust, honesty and openness.”
Not bad. And that was a liberal.
Aren’t all of our laws an expression of values? Don’t we all hold certain actions to be right or wrong? We may not agree on the rightness or wrongness, but I think we all have actions we consider right or wrong.
And we all express our approval or disapproval of actions.
If you approve of smoking, you contend it’s freedom of choice. If you disapprove, it’s because it’s a health hazard.
See how it works? Even though we might disagree when it comes to defining values above, most of us could agree with them. So when he says conservatives don’t have those values, is he a “hater?” Is it wrong to now express disagreement based on values?
That seems to be what happens when religious conservatives express disapproval of a lifestyle or choices made by a group of people. We’re “haters.”
Now I agree that religious conservatives haven’t always been smart or convincing in their expression of their values. But does that mean they’re “haters?”
Because I think homosexuality is wrong, it doesn’t mean I hate anyone. I disagree with their lifestyle choices (yes, you read that right, choices) same as I would anyone else’s lifestyle choices. I don’t hate anyone I haven’t met, for one, and you would have to do a lot to make me hate you, like kill one of my kids or something.
I don’t hate them, but I could be called a “hater.” I don’t fear them, but I could be called a “homophobe.”
Substitute any thing else you like.
Well, I didn’t want to go on this long about this because I really wanted to talk about what Mitch Daniels said and the repercussions of it. Because after this post some folks may then be surprised how I feel on the subject.
Maybe in the next post….