Public life/private life
Mood: frustrated
Posted on 2011-05-11 22:58:00
Tags: essay gay
Words: 94

This article bothers me. Obviously I disagree with the guy, but "being against gay marriage" isn't nearly bad enough to disqualify you from representing the USA, assuming he didn't let it interfere with his duties (and there is no indication that it would have). Yeah, he wasn't fired, but I'd like to know who pressured him to resign.

I live in a country where I can disagree with others on controversial issues and still work with them. One's personal life and views should be reasonably separate from one's public life!

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Comment from spamchang:

going both ways, it amounts to censorship of a kind. if you voice an opinion, the other side is going to get pissed at you, etc.

just don't be like the FIFA organizers...

Comment from andrewhime:

Have you been reading about the whole Kushner honorary degree flap?

Comment from gregstoll:

I have not.

Comment from andrewhime:

Comment from gregstoll:

Sigh. I dunno.

Comment from kernelm:

Eh, I'm not that bothered by it. He would have been representing the US to the world at large. What if he was a virulent racist? Misogynist? Bigotry is bigotry.

Comment from gregstoll:

There's bigotry and then there's bigotry.

I'll take the analogy the other way - what if he believed in capital punishment? Or abortion? abortions?

Comment from kernelm:

I guess, I dunno... it's hard to explain, but to me opposition to gay marriage is just that much more beyond the pale than being pro-death penalty or anti-choice. Like, I can sort of see how somebody might rationally adopt those latter viewpoints, even if I disagree vehemently, but opposing gay marriage is something that's on the racism/misogyny (big fucking no) side of things to me.

Actually, now that I think about it, if I found out he had gone picketing at a Planned Parenthood or something, I would be pretty damn angry at him too.

And again, this guy would have been representing the US to the world. If he was in some position that had nothing to do with PR, I probably wouldn't care as much.

Anyway, those are just my two cents. I don't expect everybody to feel the same way I do. And it's not like I've never been hypocritical. I did buy Shadow Complex even though I swore to never add a cent to OSC's coffers. And we did go to Chick-Fil-A once recently too.

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