Saturday, May 09, 2009

Even when he's right, he's wrong

I'm not at all a fan of FOX News anchor Bill O'Reilly, but his latest column is on target. As O'Reilly points out, Carrie Prejean has been harassed and viciously slandered merely for uttering an opinion on gay marriage. (It's an opinion that I don't share, but that's not the point). But even when his main point is correct, O'Reilly shows he doesn't understand our system of government. He says "Most polls show that the majority of Americans agree with Prejean." That is utterly irrelevant to the issue. Freedom of speech exists equally for the minority as for the majority. The polls have nothing to do with the right of free speech. Even if no one agreed with Prejean, she would have every right to speak her conscience. You see, Bill, we live in a republic, not a democracy—well, it's a long story, but the bottom line is our rights are not dependent on majority approval. And that's a good thing for a nonbeliever like myself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe the reason folks point out that the majority of Americans agree with Prejean (and that includes the President and Vice President) on what marriage means (between man and woman) is because folks like Hilton, Jacobs, and Moakler (three judges), as well as Lewis, say that she should given an answer that asks for her view on which side the states should take of the debate, that represents all Americans. There is no way taking sides on this issue will represent all Americans. It is moronic thing to go against her, especially when the majority of Americans agree with her.

And it is a double standard- since those who attack her don't attack Obama for the same reasons at all: 1) bringing his religion into the question (which unlike Prejean at the pageant, Obama did so by stating he is a Christian), 2) for supposedly hiding one's bigotry behind religion (see point #1), 3) for stating a view that do not represent all Americans, 4) for being clueless enough to state one's beliefs is based on one's upbringing (did anyone mention Obama said he was raised Christian?), 5) for being a bigot in the eyes of the extremists who resort to attacking her.