Thursday, February 03, 2005

You Cannot Live In Isolation From The Human Race, You Know

The LiveJournal Time Well Wasted has the transcript of a superb speech by Kansas State Rep. Paul Davis against an amendment banning same-sex marriage:
There are reasonable people on both sides of this issue. I do believe
those in this chamber who have brought this issue to the House floor
have good intentions. They want to do what they believe is right for
their state and their communities. But this vehicle is sorely
misguided and the result has prayed upon the worst of all human characteristics:
Hate. The hatred for homosexuals that I have seen displayed in the
many emails and letters that I have received is beyond belief, particularly
in this day and age. I hope this Legislature will see fit in the
future to promote policies that bring people together and help us all
understand and appreciate the differences among us, instead of
exacerbating the chasms of intolerance. We would be wise to heed
the words of the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spiniza, who said "the
object the government is not change men from rational beings into
beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in
security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing
hatred, anger or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice.
In fact, the true aim of government is liberty".
Why not show Rep. Davis some love?

Arrived via Atrios' blog and can't seem to get my blogger user/pwd to work. You're right, it's a wonderful speech and I took your advise and emailed Rep. Davis my thanks for speaking to our higher natures instead of playing to our most base.
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