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Scary moral relativism

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:27 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
I am pro-Proposition 8. I believe very strongly that marriage is a time-honored and socially critical covenant between a man and a woman with the chief purpose of conceiving and raising children in a loving family environment — a covenant that has been gradually eroded and made to seem wholly irrelevant (until now) over the last 40-plus years.

I live on a busy street in my tract and have had four signs stolen from my front yard in two weeks. Many of my friends have had theirs stolen, too.

One house in my otherwise peaceful neighborhood was vandalized. I came home late this evening to surprise a young man posting a swastika and a lengthy accusation on the streetlight in front of my house accusing “Yes on 8” people of being hate-filled Nazis.

Being of German descent, I guess I should have been outraged at this, but I spoke cordially with him for a while to let him explain his beliefs and figure out why he picked my house.

He eventually admitted it was because of the “Yes on 8” sign on my lawn and he wanted to make a statement specifically toward me. If he had painted the very same message on my garage door it would have been a hate crime.

I’m very concerned. This has become a common response by Proposition 8 opponents. Slander and hate-filled accusations from the same group that tells us we should be more open-minded and accepting of those different from us.

This is scary moral relativism in a most unsubtle form. Apparently in their minds any means seem to justify the ends, including vulgarity, slander and intimidation.

Perhaps naively I left his paper alone hoping the contrasting displays may move those still thinking about it to carefully consider the means and methods of Proposition 8 opponents and where such justification could take us in the future.


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