Friday, March 16, 2007

Zorn Sums Up Republican Values

In his blog today, the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn offers "Seven reasons why homosexuality is immoral, and seven answers." The reasons come from anti-gay blog commenters and the answers come from Zorn. Of course, this is an exercise in futility -- the odds of actually changing anyone's mind about this subject are pretty darn slim. But one paragraph really caught my attention. Zorn responds to the statement, "Homosexual acts are unnatural," and then tacks on this:
And anyway, we don’t consistently look to nature for our moral principles: In nature, the sick and the feeble are consigned to die. In nature, the strong take freely and without consequence from the weak. In nature, many male mammals are cheerfully promiscuous.
That's where Zorn is wrong. Perhaps as a liberal he doesn't consider those to be "our moral principles," but this is practically the Republican platform! The sick and feeble? If they don't have the money to take care of themselves, it's their own fault. Screw 'em! The strong taking freely from the weak? That's like the rich taking from the poor, and that's the basis of capitalism -- the weak should have worked harder. And of course, Newt Gingrich is only the latest revelation in a long line of "cheerfully promiscuous" Republican leaders.

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