CNN recently ran “Will law protect gays from discrimination” underneath the talking heads down near the on-screen crawler.
As far as teachable moments go, this one was pretty informative.
Take first, the presumption that gays are suffering from discrimination. Realistically, everyone is discriminated in some way. It happens. Whether it’s getting cut off in traffic, or being the last waited on at a restaurant, people by design pick and choose when and how they relate to others. To suggest that rampant, vicious anti-gay discrimination is hiding in America’s closet is absurd.
How many sit-coms feature the irreverant gay character who is always funny and quick with a laugh-line-ready punch line? What is the attendance number and make up of “pride” events? Isn’t the gay anthem “I Want to See You Be Brave” featured in a TV commercial. For a group so allegedly victimized by discrimination, they sure are well represented in pop culture.
Take next the remedy. An ill is cited. “Will law protect” is the solution. Isn’t that always the case? Just one more law. A little more ink in the legal code. Left of center the attitude seems to be that the simple act of putting a law on the books will solve problems.
It’s illegal to bring a gun into a gun free zone. This law doesn’t stop a thug – who probably avoided background check and gun permit laws by stealing his .45 – from entering the zone and committing further crimes. It’s illegal to drive faster than the speed limit. Speeding tickets are written every day. Why would a law then shield gays from discrimination?
Fundamentally it’s up to each person to judge others not on the externals, but rather, on the content of their character. The left — and CNN — can’t because it’s suggestive of morality, of right and wrong. To admit there are these things would require they abandon the relativism at the core of their ideology.