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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Politics: Jesse Ventura Speaks On Gay Marriage

Initially, we disliked Jesse Ventura, but after his comment on religion, we came to respect him for his sheer guts in uttering this statement:
"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
At the height of the religious godbaggery that has infested this nation's politics, it was a courageous thing to do.

And Ventura recently proved yet again that he has no problem stating what he believes.
Love is bigger than government.

"Who the hell are we as a government to tell people who you can fall in love with? I think it's absurd, the fact that it's even being debated."

Ventura proposes a separation of church and state, with across-the-board civil unions at government level, leaving the church as part of the private sector free to sanction marriages.


"[...] you can't put a civil rights issue on the general ballot in a state and let people vote on it, because if you do that, in the southern states before, you can bet they would have voted to continued slavery."
It's not going to win him lots of friends and admirers, except among the LGBTQ community. But he's right. Many queer folk want the rights that straight folk get when they marry. Some of them also want religious sanction for their union.

Let those who want rights have them. As for those who want rites, that's between them and their religious faction. They'd be better off not letting the godbags take control of their lives, but they're entitled to fight that battle. What they're not entitled to do is insist that the rest of us fight their battle with them.

Just give us our power of attorney, inheritance rights, property rights, tax money, and all that good stuff. Y'all can have the fluff.

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At 9:08 AM, Blogger Gary Baumgarten said...

Jesse Ventura will be my guest on News Talk Online on Monday June 16 at 5 PM New York time.

To talk to Ventura or just listen go to my blog, and click on the link to the show.


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