There is a certain kind of Berkeley professor who I am losing my tolerance for…
You know (or maybe you don’t): the kind who believes that your first duty is to sympathetically understand where people are coming from. Unless they’re Republicans. You have a duty to enter into the thought processes and sympathetically entertain the understanding of the world of a guy in Nigeria who as a picture of Osama bin Laden in his car, or a bureaucratic functionary working for Fidel Castro, or somebody who thinks that Bangladeshis should not be allowed to work in the textile industry. But Republicans? They are Blue Meanies. They are one dimensional. They are baaaaad.
And, of course, they appear to have no ironic consciousness of the huge disconnect in their intellectual stance at all. To say in one breath that we must not succumb to the temptation to turn those who express sympathy for Osama bin Laden into alien, hated, one-dimensional OTHERS; and then say in the next that those who express sympathy for Paul Wolfowitz are alien, hated, one-dimensional OTHERS…
The problem is, it isn’t just a few Berkely professors- it appears that this attitude is rampant in the mainstream left and right. Today, Oliver wrote the following:
According to the fundamentalist religious right, Armageddon was supposed to come knocking today because… some people got married.
Most people who oppose gay marriage, I am willing to bet, are not hate-mongering jack heels who think that armageddon will occur overnight. Most are probably quite reasonable, and probably just think that there is no reason to elevate same-sex union to the same level of a traditional marriage, some may have doubts about the necessity, some may have doubts about the implementation, others may have doubts about the long term effect this may have on marriage in general.
But hell- why not just villify your political opponents- it is so much easier than debating them.
*** Update **
I should probably point out that I am agnostic on the issue. I understand both sides of the argument. For the homosexual community, the simple fact isthat they simply love their partner and want what they perceive are they same rights as heterosexuals. For the other side, there are a number of misgivings, including religious beliefs, etc.
I would whole-heartedly support civil unions. I am tepidy indifferent about gay marriage, leaning in favor of it. So I guess since I am not all out in favor of gay marriage, I am a hatemongerer.