Talking Point – Guilt by Association

October 9th, 2008

Lately the McCain campaign has been attempting to hammer home the idea that American’s should question Barack Obama’s character and judgment based on a tenuous at best association with William Ayers a former member of the Weather Underground, an organization that performed a series of bombings in the late 60′s in violent protest to the Vietnam war. McCain and Palin want American’s wondering whether or not Obama has the same radical views as those of the unrepentant but reformed domestic terrorist.

So, this begs the question. In a nation where the Justice system is supposed to be based on the principle that your innocent until proven guilty, is it fair, in a presidential election, to try and pin the radical beliefs of one man on a candidate simply because they happen to live in the same neighborhood and both worked on some of the same education boards?


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Meanwhile, the Iowa State Judicial committee voted 13-8 yesterday to move the bill banning Marriage Equality out of committee and to the full State House. It is expected that this bill adding discrimination to our state constitution, will pass the House. Its chances in the State Senate are not nearly as certain. If it passes both the House and the Senate this year, it will have to do so again in Jan 2013. After which it will go to be voted on by the people in November 2013. If it fails to pass then the soonest it could be put on the ballot is 2016.

National Coming Out Day

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Today is National Coming Out Day.

Issac Katz wrote an essay that was published at stltoday, publicly coming out as gay. Issac is the son of proud homophobe Jonathan Katz, author of the 1999 essay ?In Defense of Homophobia?, and who was briefly a member of Obama?s science team working on the BP oil spill in the gulf. He was removed from the team after his homophobic views brought to attention.

It is harder to stay away from homosexuals, I would imagine, when your son is one. When I told my dad I was gay, his immediate response was, "No, you’re not." (My mom, by the way, was and is more supportive.) When my insistence finally overrode his denials, he echoed his online essay that I should deny who I am rather than to engage in an act so abhorrent as to love another man.

The whole essay by Issac is definitely worth the time to read.

Actor Chad Allen?s coming out story is a great read.

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