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Because I couldn’t say it better, this was a letter to the editor in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California on January 4.

Beware majority rule

I don’t understand the reasoning people use when they talk about the will of the people in regard to the passage of Prop. 8.

What if I were to get a proposition on the ballot that says only whites are allowed to walk down the streets during daylight hours? And if the white population was still in the majority in the state when my proposition passed, would that be constitutional?

If a proposition were passed saying that only cars were allowed on the freeways, with motorcycles in the minority, would that be constitutional? Just because heterosexuals are in the majority, does that make it right to ban gay marriage?

I am a married heterosexual male, and I’m trying to understand how people can believe that the majority rules no matter what the constitution says.

RODNEY MORRIS, Corona
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/letters/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_S_op_letters_04.3957250.html

Hurray for the reasoning Rodney used in this letter. And, hurray for Rodney to speak out and say what needs to be said, what many aren’t saying themselves, and saying it so much better than anyone I’ve heard so far. We’ll never convince those who are steeped in fundamentalist Christianity. Their leaders will have to change their minds for them and we’ll have to change the leaders’ minds.

…If only that were possible.

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As I first wrote, the reason for a blog was to spew my frustration to the etherness about the election and dysfunctional candidates. Just letting it all out helped.  Although there is still a low level of frustration — caused by our current administration —  it’s more easily ignored, because (thank you God) The End Is Near!

Now, there is nothing to let out. But, I’m kind of invested in the blog. It is like keeping a journal I’ve discovered. However, without the highs and lows of the election, the necessity to spew just doesn’t seem to be there.

Currently, the one topic that I am most passionate about — civil rights for gays — isn’t one that I feel like vocalizing much. I’m pretty vocalized out, if you will. All the talk in the world isn’t going to change the minds of those who are convinced that gays are sinners.

It’s funny in a way.You would think these people would be more concerned about promiscuous gay lifestyles. Instead, the gays that are in stable relationships and more than likely holding  good jobs, and contributing their share of money and energy to their communities, are regarded as sinners because they want to marry.

Okay. I guess I’m not out of words on this subject. And, once I think about it, I do need to spew!

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After the long process and high tension of the election, I feel drained. And, kind of depressed. Probably the combination of emotions is caused from missing  the stimulation of daily news and crises and worrying about the post-voting consequences. There is a sense of rising anxiety over the forward direction in the case of the future president and in the passing of Proposition 8.

With the hopes, dreams and expectations of so many being voiced, I don’t see how Obama can meet them all. He hasn’t even gotten into office and is behind the curve of public expectations. Plus, there are people who are already taking serious issue against some of Obama’s beliefs — whether they truly know them or not. Will he have a chance to make changes with this type of pressure coming at him from different places?

In time, I believe gay people will be given the same civil rights that everyone else enjoys. But, it’s difficult to visualize just how they will get to that point. It seems all their battle tactics carry some type of backlash consequences. Furthermore, the gay opposition doesn’t have a real leader. It appears they have no cogent overall plan to attain their rights. Maybe these shortcomings will soon be remedied.

In both cases, opposition was born from a spontaneous expression of social unrest. We, the troops, are formed up and ready to follow. It will take a strong leader, respected by all,  to guide us through the long war that is bound to ensue.

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A couple of days after the election and there is talk of the Obama’s being the new Kennedys.

Not that I have a problem with that. It’s that there’s always a tendency to find a similarity somewhere in history, so we can grasp our present condition.

The present isn’t completely allowed to speak for itself. But, it’s comforting to know that the similarity is a positive one. Maybe looking back and comparing helps many of us accept what is now.

Although, history or not, some are not accepting. One friend mentioned “mourning” the outcome of the election. Then said the bright spot in the days following the election was that Prop. 8 passed.  I’m pretty sure that there are a multitude of good people who feel this way.

Yet, it’s ironic. We have finally accepted and voted for a leader from a group overcoming discrimination, and then voted to discriminate against another group. Why do we do this? Who’s in and who’s out?

Looking back again in history for a similarity — Is anyone reminded of those boys who cobbled together a clubhouse out of cardboard and painted a “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” sign on the door flap? Or the country clubs who have written “no Jews allowed” into their policies? So many other examples can be brought to mind, as well, ranging from the banal to horrific.

Again one must wonder, why did we do this? Why do we continue to do it?

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Following is a letter to The Californian in today’s newspaper, Sept. 30.

I really couldn’t have said it better and strongly believe and support the right of all people to marry. One day, I believe we will look back and see bigotry and small-mindedness in opposing this right.

Prop. 8 would write bigotry into law

To those working tirelessly to pass Proposition 8: I am a 55-year-old Republican grandfather, married for over 25 years. We have two grown sons, one in college, and the other a married working man. We are an extremely close and happy traditional family. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what protection you are trying to put into place with the launch of this proposition. It is clearly an attempt to write bigotry into state law. Marriage is not under attack. Marriage is a ceremony where two people take an oath of love and commitment before family and friends. Prop. 8 seeks to change this simple ceremony to the exclusion of a segment of our population. To what end? For what purpose? What are you afraid of?

The world is full of people who have different points of view and different lifestyles. Perhaps it’s time to get out of the hate-mongering business. We all know Prop. 8’s agenda is one of hate and segregation. Is this really where you want to be spending your time and your money? Maybe you could spend it helping our veterans or eliminating poverty in your communities, or maybe you should just stay home and think about the example you are setting for your own children, for all of our children. Please put down the pitchforks and torches. Do something helpful, not hurtful.

Ron Parent
Temecula

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/09/30/opinion/letters/z26a176bdda4e22ed882574d3001d8031.txt

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