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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Law, Media, Politics, Religion | 2 comments

Gay Marriage in the Big Divide

Americans are too fat, experts say. The debate on gay marriage suggests we may be growing fat-headed as well.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics predict 42 percent of the population will be obese by 2030, with 11 percent severely obese, at health care costs of $550 billion.

How do we set the price of moral obesity, as reflected in the uproar over the President’s conversion into a supporter of gay marriage?

Just as we have been stuffing our bodies with too much poor nourishment and exercising them too little, are we doing the same with our minds and hearts?

In this election year, opinions are as ubiquitous as fast food and most are just as nourishing. Political debate swerves from contraception to the sanctity of marriage in an eyeblink, although neither subject is on the legislative agenda after a meaningless North Carolina vote Tuesday.

Yet, a New York Times editorial asserts that the President “took the moral high ground on what may be the great civil rights struggle of our time” while other pundits calculate both the timing and political impact of his coming out on the issue.

Where is all this litmus-testing on issues great and small taking America? What was wrong with the President’s previous “Yes, but” position on gay marriage? What’s next on the agenda for splitting us into “for” and “against” factions?

Human beings have doubts, ambivalence, uncertainties, zigzags, and, yes, prejudices on many questions. That’s what makes them human.

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  • zephyr

    “In the long run, moral obesity is as big a threat to the body politic as diabetes is to individual Americans. A diet of more straight talk and less calculation is indicated.”

    Agreed.. as is physical obesity. All the straight talk in the world will be lost on the dumbed down and the partisan though.

  • slamfu

    I say we eliminate farm subsidies completely. Then after a few years of exposure to “free market” forces, the food supply will be screwed like the real estate market and like it was in the 1930’s by financial manipulation. Once we don’t have access to 20 types of bread in the supermarkets anymore people will slim down like they do in the more barren nations in Africa, who are also free market specialists in food production.

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