October 29th, 2009

jim

An article on the gay marriage wars

Is The Gay Marriage Debate Over?  (from Christianity Today)

Now, I tread lightly to even mention this topic in the blogosphere.  This is one of those topics that bitterly divides people, and I seriously doubt that anyone with a strong opinion on this matter will be persuaded to change their minds, in either direction, from one blog posting from a balding, overweight computer scientist.

What I appreciate about this article is that, while it clearly advocates from a conservative point-of-view, it also acknowledges the hypocrisy of that view.  The solution, according to the author, isn't to throw out the argument as being tainted by hypocrisy; rather, the solution is to fix the hypocrisy, thereby creating a sounder platform from which to advocate the position.  And that makes a great deal of sense to me.

In essence, this is a call to conservatives (like me) to get our acts together and start demonstrating the power of marriage by deeds, not by words.  May it be so.

(and now I'll crawl back into my corner over here and watch the fur fly ...)

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It's not the lie, it's the cover-up.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA this week for the rest of this year's football season.

What did he do? Well ... the NCAA heard that he was talking with Deion Sanders, and they were investigating to make sure that there wasn't anything going on contrary to NCAA regulations regarding outside contacts, agents, and so on. When asked, Bryant said that he never talked to Sanders.

It turns out (a) Bryant did, in fact, talk to Sanders, and (b) there was nothing wrong with their conversation. But lying to an NCAA investigator is (obviously) against NCAA regulations, and so lying about what turned out to be an innocent contact got him in trouble.

I'm going to have to start making a list. Because this keeps happening over and over again.

Al Capone. John Ehrlichman. Martha Stewart. Kwame Kilpatrick. And now Dez Bryant.

It's not what you do that gets you into trouble. It's lying about it when confronted.
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