So I just received this little ditty in my email regarding pat boone.
It pains me to put this link up…literally. I hate to think all the press this hate monger is going to get. In this recently posted article of his he went as far as to equate our struggle (regarding Prop 8, gay marriage, and other rights) with the extremists that caused the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Go ahead read it…I’ll wait.
Now that you’ve had that chance to digest his horrible and awful words lets take a moment and discuss.
First, mr. boone, I’m gay and I am in no way shape or form like the individuals who have caused the terror in Mumbai. If you think that me being a political activist equates me to someone who will kill people then you are sadly mistaken, small minded, and unable to comprehend our community.
Secondly, for you to write such awful things about our community and our people then at the bottom of the page tout about your “Broadway headlining,” I have a newsflash for you. You have performed with tons of gay men and women and it’s a shame that you would say such hateful things about actors and actresses that have aided your career.
Thirdly, let’s take a moment and look at a few things you’ve said shall we…
“Every homosexual citizen has the same, identical rights as any other American.” If every homosexual citizen has the same rights as any other American then why is it that we have to fight for regulations to protect us from jobs that will fire us because we are gay…or protect us from those people who will kill us leaving a gay bar? If we have the same right how is it fair that my married parents can be on each other’s health benefits despite the city in which they live where as I couldn’t have my partner on my benefits nor would he be covered depending on the state we live in?
(Mr. Sucuzhanay wasn’t even gay.)
“Because this elemental building block of society has been so defined and respected throughout history, elected representatives in our self-government have granted certain supports and tax relief and privileges to marriages and families. Again, these privileges did not originate with some benevolent higher authority – they originated with the people, through the democratic process.
That’s how a free republic works. Our people consecrated our Constitution and determined to live within its provisions, voluntarily. It was determined that the will of the voting majority would rule, though it was subject to change if the majority will changed.” What you fail to realize mr. boone is that a voting majority does not have the right to take away others rights. That’s not the way it works. If we were voting on tax raises or voting to create a new road system a majority vote would be acceptable but the minute you try and justify that a majority can take away rights then the democratic process has been overstepped. Also, just because you may be in a majority that doesn’t necessarily mean that the “said” majority is right.
“No “rights” were ever granted to citizens on the basis of their sexual habits or lifestyle. There simply are no such “rights.” Perhaps mr. boone needs to study up on his Constitutional Law. Its a little Supreme Court called Griswold vs. CT. For those of you who don’t know what this case involved, mr. boone, it involved the use of contraceptives in the state of CT. Women at one time were not allowed to use contraceptives in CT. This case argued that a woman’s body is her body and can do with it what she wants…in terms of contraceptives. The law was over turned allowing for the use of birth control. It was a crash course in what the meaning of “right to privacy.” A right provided for by the Constitution. In other words a woman has the RIGHT to take birth control because her body is private and the State cannot dictate what she can and can’t do regarding birth control. Might I add that this “privacy” which a woman has was granted on the basis of some women’s sexual habits and or lifestyles. This was just a quick glaze over the case it really is a great case and merits further investigation and trust me there are many more cases regarding rights then you realize.
“Slavery was abolished, blacks and women obtained the rights to vote, and these true rights were not obtained by threats and violent demonstrations and civil disruption (though these things did occur, of course), but by due process, congressional deliberations and appropriate ratification. This was democracy in action, not mob rule. As noted journalist Thomas Sowell has said, there never was “a right to win.” In America, at least the America we’ve known till now, rights are earned and won in a deliberative, legal way – at the polls.” Uuummm correct me if I am wrong but wasn’t one of Thoreau’s and Martin Luther Kings’ tenants Civil Disobedience if a law was not fair. I think I remember something from my Civil Rights class I took in college…that we are obligated as good citizens to demonstrate against rules that are unjust and unfair. At the moment I don’t think we’ve had any giant violent gay demonstrations? And if we want to nitpick even more due process wasn’t necessarily reached in your “congressional deliberations and appropriate ratification” when Eisenhower had to call in the Army to desegregate Little Rock Central High School for the Little Rock 9 or when a white mob tormented the people who sat at Woolworths.
Finally, “There never were any “rights” granted or designated to those who dissented with the will of the majority, other than the same rights all citizens have to work through the democratic process to accomplish their purposes.” I think if we operated under this assumption we could very well be British citizens still. I do believe that our 13 colonies were a minority in regards to England. I believe we dissented with the will of the majority and fought a war for what we believed were our rights as a new nation…I believe we dissented with the majority when England tried to impose a tax on our tea….a la the Boston Tea Party.
The point is mr. boone while you try to paint us as crazy, unjust people, our history is littered with people who have been considered radical but in actuality were quite sane fighting for the rights they know they deserved. We are no different. And while you can compare me to a “sexual jihadist” lets not forget to turn that powerful ability to judge on yourself. You’re right hate is hate and those people who perpetuate it by taking away the rights of others and those people who take the time to fan the flames, mr. boone, are just as guilty of hate as well.
P.S. Your argument lacks consistency and validity. It falls apart with every flimsy argument you make. I’m not quite sure what is irresponsible or hedonistic of gay men and women fighting for the right to marry one another. In fact fighting for the right seems to be the exact opposite of hedonism and irresponsibility.
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