Civil Rights Gay Rights Discontinuity?
CNSNews.com taped this speech from Reverend William Owens, given at today’s large demonstration in Washington, DC in defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
I think one can declare and derive several simple axioms from this.
- The issues and concerns that homosexuals, “allies”, and homosexualists have are all valid.
- However valid the issues and concerns regarding “gay marriage” are, the problems and rage that such are unique.
- Despite any similarity the injustices or controversy surrounding homosexuality are not identical to the Civil Rights concerns confronted by African-Americans or anyone whose prejudice was entrenched with facts of ethnicity.
- Anyone that has a valid rage does no one any favors by deliberately equating it with a separate problem.
I also note that CNSnews.com is very much right-wing in the Christian appeal sense. Civil Rights activists for racial equality can also be left or right. That is less relevant than a man being offended by the comparison of his struggle to another’s.
Civil rights activist Rev. William Owens, who is founder and
president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said Tuesday
there is no comparison between the civil rights movement and the gay
community’s fight for same-sex marriage.
“I marched and many other thousands of people marched in this same
location years ago on the claim that we were being discriminated
against, and today the other community is trying to say that they are
suffering the same thing that we suffered, but I tell you they are not,”
said Owens, who gathered on the National Mall with other traditional
marriage supporters in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act… The Supreme Court met Tuesday to consider Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. However, the Associated Press reported that the high court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all.
Owens said that as a black man, he cannot change the color of his skin.
“Every morning I wake up, I look in the mirror, and I see a black
man, and there is absolutely nothing I can do to change the color of my
skin,” he said.
Owens said there is no comparing the gay community’s fight for
marriage equality and the black community’s civil rights movement.
“They are not suffering what we suffered, and I sympathize with
people who face discrimination. Every person should be treated with
dignity and respect, but what they’re going through does not compare to
what we went through,” Owens said.
“There is no comparison, and for many years, the African-American
family and community have been under assault from all sides – abortion,
single family households, poverty and a failing education system,” he
I am not in favor of DOMA, nor am I a proponent of “marriage” defined by government in any respect. That is for another time.