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Washington Post fails to inject civility into gay marriage debate

December 20, 2010 - 04:00 PM
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(Associated Press)

The Washington Post is a newspaper with a long history of publishing puzzling anti-gay arguments in the interest of "covering both sides" of issues like . . . youth gay suicides. Continuing the tradition is this submission from Matthew J. Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.:

Writing in the Post, Franck rejects a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center which designates anti-gay groups that deal in "demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals" as "hate" groups. In light of the SPLC report, Franck calls for civility in the debate over same-sex marriage.

In the service of this argument, he places scare-quotes around a "report" with which he does not agree; he accuses CBS sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says" of participating in a vast campaign to undermine "traditional views of sexual morality" with the help of "cultural bastions controlled by the left"; he cites an Internet comment as representative of the discourse on the issue; he complains that opposition to gay marriage has been publicly compared to its obvious corollaries, like anti-miscegenation laws; he celebrates as "rational" a college professor who asserts in an e-mail to his students, "in a sexual relationship between two men, one of them tends to act as the 'woman' while the other acts as the 'man'"; and he just makes some stuff up.

Franck writes that he is concerned that proponents of same-sex marriage are attempting to stop conversation on the morality of homosexuality. He fears that his opponents want to "settle" the marriage debate once and for all. He argues that gay marriage activists are running a campaign to "marginalize, privatize, anathematize" his viewpoint. Has there any been a better argument for ending the back-and-forth over this issue than Franck's own piece?

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    Judson Weinsheimer

    Dec 20, 2010 - 05:29:10 PM

    At least we now know that being the "Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J" doesn't require many qualifications.

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      Liz B

      Dec 26, 2010 - 10:34:13 PM

      I don't know a single thing about it but the name of the center reads very much to me like "the Center of twisting the Constitution to Justify Imposing My Religion." But what do I know? I am a godless liberal feminist after all. If you'll excuse me, my fetus casserole is burning. I made my boyfriend bake it.

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