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Re: “The Father of Proposition 8

Hastings Hart's email was well thought out and well-written, and I understand his point. However, I disagree that 'any religious authority' should 'voluntarily give up their right' to express views on social issues, even on specific pieces of legislation.

In a democracy, citizens have a right and duty to be informed when they make decisions. This includes informing themselves morally; one source of this would certainly be religious leaders.

There is a long tradition in the West of religious leaders speaking out on social issues. William Wilberforce, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and Edgar Gardner Murphy (who helped reform child labor in the US).would be only three examples.

It is not good for anyone to blindly follow the advice of others, but silencing a group of people will not really prevent that. We should instead encourage thoughtful, respectful discussion on all sides of difficult issues, as Mr. Hart refers to, so that each person can see the entire situation more fully. This would be better than asking any group to voluntarily silence themselves (and also better than trying to outshout the other side, which is all too often the case in volatile subjects like this one).

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Posted by Ed Hopfner on 08/13/2009 at 12:05 PM

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