Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Top Dems Debate Same-Sex Marriage for 2nd Graders

WorldNetDaily published a partial transcript from the Democratic Presidential Candidates' debate at Dartmouth. It contains one question and the answers from John Edwards, Barak Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Their responses are interesting. But first, the question:

TIM RUSSERT: I'd like to go to Allison King of New England Cable News again for another question. Allison?

KING: Thanks, Tim.

The issues surrounding gay rights have been hotly debated here in New England. For example, last year some parents of second-graders in Lexington, Massachusetts, were outraged to learn their children's teacher had read a story about same-sex marriage, about a prince who marries another prince.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts but most of you oppose it. Would you be comfortable having this story read to your children as part of their school curriculum?

I'm going to start with Senator Edwards.

JOHN EDWARDS: Yes, absolutely.

What I want is I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they're faced with every single day of their lives.

That's not my concern. It's a later part of his response that has me alarmed:

So I don't want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information, even in – did you say second grade? Second grade might be a little tough, but even in second grade to be exposed to all ...

KING: Well, that's the point. It is second grade.

EDWARDS: ... those possibilities, because I don't want to impose my view. Nobody made me God. I don't get to decide on behalf of my family or my children, as my wife, Elizabeth, has spoken her own mind on this issue. I don't get to impose on them what it is that I believe is right. (emphasis added)

If John Edwards doesn't get to impose on his young children (ages 9 and 7) what he believes is right, then who does? It's a parent's duty to teach children not to take toys from the other kids, for boys not to hit girls, to share, to speak politely, and all the rest of the duties that constitute doing what's right. Parents teach their children to believe in God, or not to believe in Him. Parents teach children to obey laws. Heaven help the Edwards' children if John really believes what he's saying. And heaven help the rest of us and our children if we believe his lying lips.

BARACK OBAMA: You know, I feel very similar to John. You know, the fact is my 9-year-old and my 6-year-old I think are already aware that there are same-sex couples. My wife and I have talked about it. One of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different, because there have been times in our history where I was considered different, or Bill Richardson was considered different.

Obama was the most reasonable-sounding of the three on this topic.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I really respect what both John and Barack said.

I think that we've seen differences used for divisive purposes, for political purposes in the last several elections. And I think every one of us on this stage are really personally opposed to that and we'll do everything we can to prevent it.

With respect to your individual children, that is such a matter of parental discretion, I think that obviously it is better to try to work with your children, to help your children understand the many differences that are in the world and to really respect other people and the choices that other people make. And that goes far beyond sexual orientation.

So I think that this issue of gays and lesbians and their rights will remain an important one in our country. And I hope that – tomorrow we're going to vote on the hate crimes bill, and I'm sure that those of us in the Senate will be there to vote for it.

We haven't been able to get it passed, and it is an important measure to send a message that we stand against hatred and divisiveness.

And I think that, you know, that's what the Democratic Party stands for in contrast, all too often, to the other side.

What a lot of nothing! At least Edwards and Obama answered the question.

So Hillary is against hatred, "in contrast, all too often, to the other side." Yes, I must have heard somewhere that the GOP candidates are in favor of hatred. And divisiveness. And they're probably against excellence and goodness and nice people too.

Vote for Hillary. She doesn't hate. She just attacks Democrats who question her. That's not the same thing.

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