Saturday, November 06, 2004

Maybe it's the alcohol talking

This is the kind of crap that pisses me off and makes me hate conservatives.

On Thursday, a board member charged that proposed new books ran counter to a Texas law banning the recognition of gay civil unions because the texts used terms like "married partners" instead of "husband and wife." After hearing the debate Thursday, one publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, agreed to include a definition of marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and a wife." The definition, which was added to middle school textbooks, already was in Holt's high school editions, Holt spokesman Rick Blake said.
Pay particular attention to the italicized part. We are lying to our kids to educate them? When the divorce rate is over 50%, defining marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and a wife" is just stupid. Not to mention that several thousand people have already been legally married in Massachussetts. Those are legally binding marriages. Sorry Ralph Reed, but that counts. Never mind some bull about not having to recognize their legallity. I shudder to think what is becoming of our kids. They are going to be so confused because their parents teach them that gay people can't marry and that there really was an Ark, then they find out there is a place called the real world where eerything they have been taught is total bullshit. It is a waste of time and taxpayer money. UPDATE: This Slate article gets to the very heart of what I'm saying about ignorance and how it keeps Republicans in power. A choice sample:
Here is how ignorance works: First, they put the fear of God into you—if you don't believe in the literal word of the Bible, you will burn in hell. Of course, the literal word of the Bible is tremendously contradictory, and so you must abdicate all critical thinking, and accept a simple but logical system of belief that is dangerous to question. A corollary to this point is that they make sure you understand that Satan resides in the toils and snares of complex thought and so it is best not try it.
Read it all, it's very... insightful.

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