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Majority (Heterosexual) Rule = Minority (Gay) Oppression? April 18, 2007 6:13 PM

* * The majority of people are heterosexual. Unfortunately many people in the U.S. think that "majority rule" means the majority has the RIGHT to OPPRESS the minority. If that were the case, and our law makers and courts did not step in, we may still have slavery today and women would still not be allowed to own land or vote. Like so many that are in the majority, it is easy for them to make new laws and rules that have no affect on them. That is what Heterosexuals are doing when they write legislation or vote on laws governing marriage. It doesn't change anything for them. They do not have to change their behavior. They do not have to look at their own moral make up. They just dictate what other people should or shouldn't do. Consider just these three following facts: According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, women are more likely to be killed by their husband or intimate male partner than by a stranger. According to The Bureau of Justice statistics, children under 5 years of age are more likely to be killed by their own (heterosexual) parents and caregivers than by a stranger. According to The U.S. Divorce Statistics 2.5 million divorce each year as of 1997 & 50% of first marriages ended in divorce. This is just the tip of an awful and violent iceberg. Heterosexuals, though, point their finger away from themselves and blame the disintegration of their cherished institution on people who do not have and never had any affect on their behavior. Please consider reading and signing the linked petition so it can be sent to government officials and community leaders and help inspire informed discussion of this hypocrasy. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/650019479 Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Gay Marriage delema April 18, 2007 6:18 PM

There's really two things being pointed out here and both are for the purpose of making us think from a different point of view. The first is, can a majority group of people sincerely and fairly make laws to govern a minority when the majority group will never be affected by those laws? Is that oppresion? The second is, how does it feel to have someone outside of the group you identify with telling you what you can or can not do? Does it make us as Heterosexuals scared to think gays as a group could tell us we can't do something we want to do because we aren't in their group. Well, that's how gays were brought up to feel every day of their lives. Heterosexuals will always be the majority and gays will always be the minority. That's the way it has been for all of history and that's the way it will stay. With that in mind it seems obvious that popular votes about "gay marriage" will never be fair unless we as the group "Heterosexuals" can think of how the legislation will affect others not just that it won't affect us. "What ever; I'll vote for it (or against it) becuase it won't change my life, it doesn't hurt me, it doesn't affect me, and I'll be voting with the majority." In spite of how it affects the people it is aimed at. Obviously the "banning of the group 'Heterosexuals'" from doing anything can't happen. But, the proposition that a group (gays) would make a law telling Heterosexuals what they can't do (make legislation governing marriage until Heterosexulas take responsibility for there own immoral and violent behavior) will make us think from the gays point of view. That is; how can Heterosexuals tell gays they can't get married because it is immoral when the majority of Heterosexuals themselves have taken part in some form of immoral behavior involving marriage (that being divorce, violence, domestic and child abuse or just having a less than sanctimonious marriage.) I hope this petition will bring up and continue discussion from that point of view.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
? G.O.P vs Dems view April 18, 2007 9:29 PM

The main reason I switched from being a Republican to Democrat is exactly what you point out. I felt republicans believe Majority Rule means they have the right to oppress the Minority. Democrats believe the majority has the obligation to represent and protect the rights of the minority.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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