Monday, October 21, 2013

If Abe Lincoln stood beside us

When our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty what, if any, were their concerns about the variety of people that citizens of such a nation might choose to love?

We are now engaged in an epic debate testing whether this nation will strive and succeed in providing equal protection under the law to all of its citizens.

What can we learn from the brave men and women, living and dead, who have struggled toward this ideal? How can we now dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work which they thus far have so nobly advanced?


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  2. (Sorry- I had to correct some very bad grammatical errors that I did not catch.)

    I love Abraham Lincoln. I think there are SO many similarities with how he felt giving people of color freedom from slavery compared to how people today feel about giving marriage, and other rights, to gay people. Even though Lincoln was greatly ambivalent towards the people of color and felt they would never rise to the same status as the white man, he knew that slavery was wrong.

    I hope the people of today will come to the same conclusion: even though they might have deep feelings of ambivalence, even great negativity, towards gay people, I hope they will conclude that the right thing to do is to give all the civil liberties, including marriage, to gay people.

    I am currently reading Brad Carmack's book "Homosexuality: a straight BYU student's perspective". (I hope I wrote the title correctly.) He speaks eloquently about the very things you have asked. He goes into great detail setting out the argument for same-sex-marriage and why it is a GOOD thing and NOT what the opponents make it out to be.

    I will never be as smart as Brad, and I know there is a lot that he writes that goes sailing right over my head. But, I do get the important things. And, I do get his logic and brilliance in defending gay people and ALL their rights.

    Great post, as always. I am sorry, I wish I had better answers to write here than all my rambling. So sorry.

    Happy night! Sending love and good energy. You are outstanding. ;) Duck

  3. Thank you for your detailed reply, Duck. I think you should be kind to yourself about your writing. It's excellent. I didn't notice any rambling whatsoever. And I'm glad you reminded me of Brad's book. Maybe I'll ask for it for Christmas. On second thought, maybe I'll just buy a copy for myself. Cheers. Happy fall weather and brilliant color!

  4. Happy fall weather to you, too! ;)

    I purchased Brad's book on Kindle (it was less than $5, I believe), then downloaded the free Kindle app for my phone. I can read his book whenever and wherever I am. I am about 80% through- although, I would need to read it 50 times to even come close to fully understanding it. He is VERY intelligent. :)

  5. I recently wrote a post about Brad's book. Here is the link, if you would like to read it: