Political Conversation: Oxymoron?
I don’t talk about politics much, but this week has been a bit unusual.
- Sunday, the vice-presidentÂ saidÂ “[M]en marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights.”
- Tuesday,Â 1.3 million people in North Carolina voted that “[M]arriage between one man and one woman [should be] the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.”
- Wednesday, the president said, “[I]t’s important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Busy week on both sides.
I hate that the majority of states have laws like North Carolina’s.Â I hate that President Obama only made a statement because he wasÂ backed into a corner.Â I hate that fundamental human rights are a political issue in America, not in 1776 or 1863 or 1919 or 1963 but 2012.
But something else is bothering me.
I hate that the nation is treating this like a stupid playoff game.
And that didn’t even register until I read what my friend Amy had to say. (Amy’sÂ amazing:Â moreÂ aboutÂ her.) Because she was so much the opposite of that.
See, we deeply disagree. I believe that gay marriage is ethical, moral, a positive force in society, and in keeping with my beliefs as a Christian.Â Amy believes I’m wrong. But whlie she and I disagree profoundly, we can discuss it respectfully.
Why is this not the way the national conversation is going?
Whether for you this is about civil rights or the sanctity of marriage, it’s a big deal. It matters.Â So why aren’t we acting like it?
Why does any issue that becomes political devolve into shouty sloganeering?