The "Thought Police" Are Here
Since the gay marriage issue was thrust upon the national scene as a so-called "wedge issue" by Republicans, progressives on the left have screamed foul for a host of reasons. At the top of the list is blatant government intrusion into our personal lives. However you feel about homosexuality, most freedom-loving Americans aren't interested in creating a world where the government can start poking around in your bedroom. No pun intended.
Unfortunately, this crowd of morality manipulators, who claim that "preserving marriage" can only be accomplished by targeting people for discrimination. In my America, the land of the FREE and the home of the brave, it is none of the government's business with whom I spend my time.
If gays want to petition the government or challenge the courts for legal protections, that has nothing to do with me. My wife and I are unaffected by whatever happens. Our marriage, like all marriages, lives or dies based on our relationship and our choices. We are neither "protected" nor "threatened" by the legal status of any couple, gay or straight.
Another major concern of progressives is the slippery slope created by an attack on gays. For years, conservatives argued this was unfounded. "We just want to preserve marriage", they claimed. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The "Thought Police" are coming, in fact, in Alabama and Texas, they've already arrived.
In Texas, a new law banning gays from adopting children also contains a provision to ensure the sexual orientation of adoptive parents. Under the new law, the state has the right to INVESTIGATE the sexual orientation of a potential parent. Let that sink in just a little: The right to INVESTIGATE your sexual orientation.
So how would this be accomplished? Is someone from social services going to show up with a slide show of erotic images to determine what excites me? Will I have to take a lie-detector test and profess my undying devotion to hot women? Will I have to swear that I've never had any impure thoughts about a man? Seriously folks, at what point do we realize that the government does not deserve this type of power over our lives?
In Alabama, legislators are trying to go one step further: Book burning. That's right, imagine big stacks of books ablaze in downtown Montgomery because that is where Alabama legislators are going.
Under a new bill, public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters. So not only are gays not allowed to marry or adopt, but now every reference to them must be purged from our libraries! Aren't you pleased with the world these people are trying to create? A world where the government can save your soul by cleansing your public library of any book written by, speaking of, or referring to a gay person. Truly the land of the free.
Contrary to the propaganda of the religious right, this issue should not be divided along party lines, though they desperately wish to make it so. Conservatives, once the staunchest defenders of individual freedoms and liberties, must reject the idea of the government in your bedroom. As we've seen in Texas and Alabama, once these moral crusaders get their foot in the door, its only a matter of time before they're rummaging through your underwear drawer, reading your books, and questioning your children.
I have only one thing to say to these people: Stay the hell out of my house.