Laws vs. Common Decency
I just got done following this story
and it's got me thinking about some of the problems we have in today's society.
I'm not quite as empassioned about this as I thought I would be, but rather, I find myself thinking about the problems caused by people's thoughtless actions.
Is it wrong to voice your opinion about your disgust at the military accepting homosexuals? Not at all. I personally have some pretty strong opinions about why I believe homosexuality is fundamentally wrong, but for me to say someone can't puclicly disagree with me is constitutionally incorrect.
So... What's the big deal about these particular protests?
I believe it's because these people don't really care about homosexuals in the military.
I mean, what decent human being, being enraged about the military accepting homosexuals would choose a funeral
to stage a protest, if he wanted to change it?
Is common sense escaping me? Am I alone in thinking that a group of people mourning their son or daughter's death can't really do much about what the military believes, thinks, or does?
How in the world is such a protest going to change the dictation of military rules, when the group being protested against, in all reality, has little to do with the military itself?
I'm not sure.... I'm just not sure.
The first thing that comes to my mind is..... not at all.
If I believed that using computers was fundamentally evil, what good would it do me to go and protest against it to a garbage dump full of dead computers? Oh yeah...
Not at all.
So.... Now that we've gone over the fact that these thoughtless people protesting really don't care about the military and homosexuals, let's chat about what things like this does to our country.
What is the first thing local governments are going to do when stuff like this happens?
They pass laws against such actions, as is mentioned in the article.
And what happens when laws are passed against something that should be common sense? They're misinterpreted and ultimately abused in some way which makes the law work in ways not originally intended.
I guess I just really believe that people should be allowed to govern themselves in so much that those with common sense are more able to exercise true freedom.
The more laws we pass due to people's acts against common decency, the more we restrict those who are decent.
The problem is, if we don't pass laws against stupid things, stupid people will continue to do stupid things. So, I guess there's no real answer - other than that which is already being done.
How I wish these people wouldn't stoop to telling a mourning father that his son, who was killed defending their rights, was better off dead, masking the whole demonstration as an act against something they really don't care about.
Makes me sick just thinking about it.
If I were that father, I don't know how I would react. Probably in a way in which I would regret later on.