Sunday, November 09, 2008

Haven't we moved out of this constellation yet?

So, I totally failed in my goal to stop writing about proposition 8 and move on to other topics. Mercifully (for those of you who have moved on), I've confined my latest batch to Main Street Plaza: Resign in protest?, Sunday in Outer Blogness: broken promises Edition!, and Free expression basics, and LDS newsroom meme. (My MSP co-blogger Hellmut seems to suffering from the same inability to stop writing about this, producing such articles as Peace, Order and Religious Freedom and Taking the Long Term View on Marriage Equality.)

Thanks for bearing with me, and I promise I really do have some fun, positive, and totally not-election-related stuff in store for this coming week!! :D

16 comments:

Chris said...

lol! I've had the same problem. :-)

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Chris!!!

Exactly. Your latest post is a good response to a lot of the "yes on 8" claims...

Saganist said...

Yeah, I just keep finding new and exciting things to be pissed off about. I'm supposed to be doing NaNoWriMo, but instead I just keep reading and writing about Prop 8. Thanks for the links; I think I'll read them and then I'll need to pull the Internet plug for a while.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Saganist!!!

Yep, that's the problem... ;^)

Fannie said...

Thanks for the links. I too have been writing a lot about Prop 8 even though I'm trying to move on to other topics. :-)

John Hamer said...

I don't know that there's any reason to move on.

Paul said...

I've been struggling to have even one thought that doesn't have to do with the elections. Even one thought! It's gotten so bad that each day, I get down on my knees and pray for about 35 minutes for a new idea before realizing I don't believe there's anyone to pray to.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Fannie!!!

Well, it looks like you've written some great articles on the subject!! Thanks for coming by to read mine. :D

Hey John!!!

It's just that I like to vary my topics and tone, and I've posted too high a concentration of political essays lately, and not enough humor.

OTOH, my version of the "LDS newsroom meme" (linked above) got a really good response (people felt I'd done a good job of capturing the essence of what the LDS P.R. department was really saying). I'm pleased to see that things are livening up over on MSP these days.

Hey Paul!!!

lol, I haven't gotten quite to that level. ;^) But I'm hoping this morning to stop thinking about Mormons & proposition 8 and instead start on writing up my family's visit to (a scale model of) the solar system! :D

Weston Krogstadt said...

Mormons Rule. Go check out my blog:

mormonhatershow.blogspot.com

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Weston!!!

Congratulations! You've finally succeeded in attracting that "persecution" that Mormons are always on about. Or at least enough of it to fill up one guy's blog...

But seriously, suppose you're right and lots of people really do hate Mormons. What does that prove? There are also lots of people who hate George W. Bush, gays, Osama Bin Laden, Russia, Iran, etc. In fact, I would guess that for every person or every group of people out there that has contact with other people, there's probably some other people out there who hate them.

I'm not saying that "human nature" makes it good or right -- I'm saying that hate is easy, cooperation and understanding are hard, especially among groups that are different. It takes a lot of work to build civil dialog among groups with different interests. The Internet gives us a fantastic tool to get different groups really talking to each other, but even so, it's incredibly hard to get them to use it to actually talk to each other. Believe me, I know. ;^)

By contrast, there's nothing easier than fanning the flames of mistrust and hate.

Tommy Marx said...

I have the feeling it will continue for a while:

http://tommymarx.com/wounds/?p=21

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Tommy!!!

I like the photo of a guy tangled in a fishing net -- nice symbolism.

On the one hand, I think it's perfectly reasonable to refuse to buy things from people who have spent their money to take away your rights. On the other hand, I almost wonder if someone out there in cyberspace is playing a game with me to see if I'll give the same response to a "boycott Mormons" site as I gave to that anti-anti-Mormon hate site linked in the earlier comment... ;^)

runtu said...

Hey, Weston hates me, too. I feel really special.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Runtu!!!

Not to denigrate your achievement or anything, but I think that, sadly, he hates a lot of people...

Gunner said...

I wish I could be hated also... Sadly my blog is getting dusty.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Gunner!!!

I'm sure if you write some new posts about Mormonism, you'll have the joy of this guy hatin' on your blog as well! :D