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Getting Beyond Issues. - AdrianG [APOD]
July 6th, 2005
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Getting Beyond Issues.

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From:adriang
Date:July 7th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)

Moderation

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I would agree that even moderates, on both sides, have a lot to fear from the Christian Right's efforts. But I don't agree that moderates necessarily don't feel strongly about things. To me, the extremes on both sides seem thoughtless and divisive. The extremes on both sides seem prone to bigotry and intolerance, although the specific targets of their intolerance are quite different, and I have to say that there seems to be a much stronger and nastier smell to the intolerance of the religious right.

It's really the attacks on reason itself, from the religious right, that trouble me most. It's the sense that they have the right to take power and lie about what their trying to accomplish and hide anything that might raise awkward questions. It's a pattern of behavior on the religious right that seems rooted in self-deception and hate dressed up as morality.

When I see these things, I want to find ways of judging their standards in neutral terms, rather than just saying my sides better than their. I want to find general principles that can help me avoid their mistakes. I want to look for problems in their.. methodology. I want to develop a set of rules of judging political ideas and I want to apply those same rules to my own ideas. It's this kind of thinking that makes me a moderate.

It doesn't mean nothing is worth fighting for. It doesn't mean I think Shrubya and his cronies aren't evil bastards. It doesn't mean I'm not disgusted by the sick perversion of morality pushed by the religious right. When you apply fair standards, the religious right really does earn their status of evil, hate mongering bastards. But I do want to stay thoughtful and open minded.

Adrian
From:ex_likefinew83
Date:July 7th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Moderation

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But I do want to stay thoughtful and open minded.

And that is why I want to read what you write. That seems to have been mostly lost, today. *sigh*
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From:adriang
Date:July 8th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)

Re: Moderation

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    That seems to have been mostly lost, today. *sigh*

Yes. *sigh*

Adrian
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