Other people post more eloquently and more thoroughly than I ever could about political discussions and topics. I have my little corner of the law blogosphere that I use for my own purposes and, though I often agree (and sometimes disagree) with other left-of-center blawgers, I don't post about them all the time.
This whole Swaggart issue, however, just riles me up. Who cares if he has ever seen a man he wanted to marry or not? Is that the standard by which we should make our laws? What Jimmy Swaggart thinks is right? What annoys me most is he is supposed to be this great Christian televangilist. I hope other self-identified Christians are annoyed that he spews this bile in the name of their Saviour.
I also got an e-mail from Matt Foreman of NGLTF, who suggests that Mr. Swaggart apologize:
Statement by Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director:
"The leaders of major organizations heading the campaign to deny same sex couples equal marriage rights frequently say that they do not hate gay people and that they respect us as human beings. Just last night in a national simulcast to oppose same sex marriage, for example, Focus on the Family President Dr. James Dobson said, "I'm not here to cast aspersions on homosexuals ï¾¿ they need our acceptance and respect... We are not hateful people."
The Task Force calls upon the leaders of last night’s simulcast - Dr. James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), Ted Haggard (National Association of Evangelicals), Richard Land (Director of the Religious Liberties and Ethics Division of the Southern Baptist Convention) - to immediately denounce anti-gay violence and specifically repudiate evangelist Jimmy Swaggert’s statement, “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.”
All lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and all people of good will be listening."
I hope he does apologize, but honestly I hope Christians simply shun the man for espousing such unadulterated hatred and advocacy of violence toward fellow human beings. It is so contrary to everything I ever learned about that man's (Christ's) teachings.