Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Enough Dignity Left to Withdraw Support for Bebee

As someone who believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, I consider homosexuality to be a sin. And sin, all of our sin, will wind corrupting, degrading, and destroying us, usually to the degree we embrace it. Despite all that, I also believe that all persons are created in the image of God, and that as such retain some degree of human dignity, like a type an a shadow of what we are meant to be.

Dignity is a good thing, a natural thing God gave us as a result of being created in His image. While dignity can be corrupted and turned into unholy pride, just as sexual desires can be turned and corrupted, the original uncorrupted trait is good. It is a part of our original God-image nature. For a proof: It is right and it feels right to treat others with dignity, and to possess dignity ourselves.

I say all that to say this. The Stonewall Democrats, a homosexual activist group, have retained enough of their human dignity to dis-endorse Attorney General Mike Bebee in the Governor's race. Mr. Bebee's treatment of the Stonewall group was, shall we say, undignified. He told them behind closed doors that he was in favor of homosexuals obtaining access to children through adoption and foster parenting. After meeting with his pollsters, he declared in public that he was against homosexuals obtaining access to children through adoption and foster parenting.

Of course they are offended. It is likely they will endorse Green Party Candidate and former State Rep. Jim Lendall, once Mike Bebee's court battle to keep the Green Party off the ballot goes down in flames. Some may even vote for Hutchinson out of revenge- which is an undignified motivation, but an understandable one.

All politicians these days are making references to God, so you really can't tell much about how true their hearts are by efforts to leverage references to the Holy One of Israel into a campaign asset. A lot surer test is how they treat people. The best of them treat all, even their enemies, with dignity. The normal ones treat their supporters and the public with dignity, if not their enemies. What does that say about the rest- regardless of how righteous they seem on the outside- if they don't even treat their supporters with dignity and respect when they think they can get away with it?

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