Well, they did it, and again they had the temerity to cross denominational, political and racial lines – and this in the last of the Deep South states.
Suburban whites, African-Americans in the ‘hood (despite opposition from the NAACP and President Obama), Democrats, Republicans, Baptists, Catholics and nondenominational people in North Carolina all turned out to vote Tuesday in what one news paper reported as “the largest turnout for a primary in decades.” The Charlotte Observer said the issue “stormed to approval.”
Nothing since the civil rights movement in the ’60s has produced such a united front. More than 60 percent of the citizens from across the state showed up and made their voices heard. Peacefully and legally, but forcefully, they said “No!” Americans from practically every segment of society turned out and essentially declared: In America, as long as it does not harm someone else, you can engage in any type of immoral behavior you choose and by and large we Americans will not object. Whatever you choose to do in private is essentially your business, but we reserve the right to disagree with any public manifestation of behaviors to which we object.
The truth of the matter is, as a general rule, Americans are fair minded and tolerant. That is one of the reasons for the incredibly diverse array of lifestyles and opinions extending from clothing to restaurants to automobiles to sexual behavior. Americans, in an effort to be compassionate, have gone as far as removing the death penalty (in certain states) for even such barbaric behavior as kidnapping, rape and cold-blooded murder.
We have more charitable organizations than any other country and have sent incredible numbers of young people and professionals off in humanitarian efforts like the Peace Corps, surgical teams, dental teams, farming and food assistance teams, not to mention the thousands of young men and women who have been wounded, or died, fighting for freedom for others.
This fair-mindedness is essentially the issue seized upon by the practitioners of homosexuality in America today. Yes, despite the fact that “gay” has been substituted for “homosexual,” many (probably most over 50) Americans think homosexuality is wrong, unnatural or a “sin.” However, the overall attitude is basically “to each his own – I don’t like it, agree with it or participate in it, but that’s your business.”
The problem arises when the proponents of this “closet behavior” insist this behavior should not only be “out of the closet” but singled out and accorded all the rights and legal standing of “normal” activities. More than that, they not only should be awarded these rights but accorded special privileges. Certain public schools now permit “boys,” who on certain days “feel like girls,” to use the facilities formerly reserved for females. (Remember those old-fashioned terms male and female?) Homosexuals, not content to be known simply as “a person sexually attracted to people of one’s own sex,” have enlisted wordsmiths and pseudo-scientific elites to add to our lexicon new terminologies: gay, lesbian, transgender, gender identity, gender reassignment, gender expression, intersex, transsexual, bisexual, etc., etc.
The basis for the current success of this out-of-the-mainstream movement is the fact that, as earlier stated, the vast majority of Americans believe in fair play and equality, thus the attempts by these groups to tie homosexual rights to civil rights: “You are doing to us what you did to blacks and native Americans!”
Fair-minded Americans are almost universally aware of, and deeply regret and oppose, discrimination based on race, creed or national origin. This is why America has a long list of folks waiting to get in and no line of people waiting to get out.
“So… whatup wid dese peeps in No’CareLina?” In a word … liberty.
Let me say, as a Texan now living in Virginia, what you do in your bedroom is your business. Let’s keep it that way. What I don’t know won’t hurt me, and I cannot be offended by what I don’t know you do. If the two (or three or four) of you all agree with what you are doing, just keep it to yourself. Don’t tell me I have to be in agreement with it, and don’t try forcing me to legitimize it. As a black Texan (who lived through real discrimination), I don’t want to hear that what you do privately under the covers or in front of a mirror (or wherever else you do whatever you do) deserves the same legal status as my right to ride a public conveyance, eat in a public restaurant, attend a public school and vote my conscience. Apparently, quite a few Americans, including more than 60 percent of those in North Carolina, agree: They, too, think you should keep your private affairs private. Thirty-one of our 50 states in the union also agree.
Obviously, no one person (including the president) can speak for all the people all the time, but I think it is safe to hazard a guess that I speak for the majority of Americans when I say this has nothing to do with your civil rights and everything to do with your lifestyle. If you were suddenly overcome with a burning desire to strip naked and jump into a bed of cactus, I am sure that while most Americans would not agree with your decision, they would most assuredly agree it was your right to do so – just don’t try to make us legalize it.
Before, during and after the Civil War, blacks took full advantage of every opportunity to flee to the North, where freedom awaited. As you know, today any American citizen can, at any time, surrender their passport and freely emigrate to (almost) any country they choose. Just FYI: The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden have all legalized same-sex marriages. I am sure that any citizens who are fed up with our tired, old, outmoded, God-inspired American virtues, values and standards of right and wrong would be most welcome there.
Let me be among the first to wish you bon voyage.