Thursday, March 19, 2009

Is there any hope?

I've started watching Glenn Beck on FoxNews. I had never been exposed to him before the past few months. I'm impressed that he talks about God and morality. However, much of the content of his show centers on economic issues. I never hear him talk about the gay rights movement, or abortion. I wonder why not?

There is a movement to silence those of us who think solving our nation's problems requires solving these problems. The twin issues of abortion and homosexuality are symptoms of the larger problem related to sexual relationships, and family relationships in general.

A vigorous political debate in a free country about these issues is appropriate, even critical. What do you think?


  1. I am a Glenn Beck fan and have always voted for Republicans in all of the important elections (with the possible exception of Angus King once). One of the things that draws me to him is that he doesn't talk about the issues of abortion and homosexuality. He seems much more like a Libertarian to me. But though he is a conservative, I think he would say that he is not at home with either the Republicans or the Democrats. (Question: Why do we have 145 choices for breakfast cereal and only 2 choices for President of the Free World?!?)

    I have to admit that I am a supporter of gay rights and gay marriage. But I also have to admit that I used to agree with much of what you say. (Truth be told, I changed my views while going to seminary or all places...) Having said that, I agree that we need to have a vigorous and open political debate. (Maybe even theological, ethical, and religious debate, too.) We are talking about issues that have a whole range of ideas, emotions, solutions, and points of view. These are not the kinds of issues that should be majority rule. For instance, though I am a gay rights supporter, I am pro-life and anti-death penalty. (Who should I vote for now?)

    No matter what happens over the next months, Mr. Heath, I think it is important for us all to maintain our dignity and respect for others' views. When all of the votes are counted, we still need to be able to get along. All of the special interest groups "from away" are going to go home and we are going to be left in this beautiful place called Maine. We are still going to be driving on the same roads together, walking on the same beaches together, hiking on the same trails together, and generally being neighbors.

    I guess what I am saying is that even though I may not agree with you on many issues, I still would like to think that we might be able to shovel out together in the dead of winter. Some things are simply bigger than our differences.



  2. "I never hear him talk about the gay rights movement, or abortion. I wonder why not?"

    Because you are on the wrong side of history and your hate and intolerance will no longer be put up with as prominent Republicans are realizing:

    Handwriting on the Wall

    This is pretty amazing. Steve Schmidt, a Karl Rove protege and respected, hardball GOP operative who was brought in last year to run John McCain's campaign is going to tell the GOP they need to just get it over with an get behind the movement to grant full marriage equality to same sex couples.

    Former top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt is planning to use a Friday speech to the Log Cabin Republicans to urge the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage.

    "I'm confident American public opinion will continue to move on the question toward majority support, and sooner or later the Republican Party will catch up to it," Schmidt plans to say according to excerpts provided to ABC News.

    Schmidt's push for Republicans to endorse same-sex marriage comes as his party is grappling with a string of gay rights victories in Iowa, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.