If you live in California, vote no on 8 (if, for no other reason, to deny the hysterics who made the ad below a victory based on insighting apocalyptic fear and religious alarm against the gay community).
The video below is at once patronizing and excessive—and in its emotionalism, frankly disturbing.
It is also grotesquely smug, as if to say to gay people: “Your free will and right to conscience simply cannot be tolerated because you are making a choice that we simply cannot abide. We might respect free will and conscience with regard to a thousand other groups—Muslims, Jews, Hare Krishnas, atheists—but we simply cannot abide gay people living life according to their own lights.”
In other words, the ad makes it seem that homosexuality, of all the sins or ways of being in the world that are mentioned in the Bible, has a special degree of evil attached to it.
The ad also demonizes the gay community as being in league with powers of “darkness.”
And it gives the impression that if California does not pass Proposition 8, then the country will somehow be under the judgment of God.
The implications are clear. Gay people will then be BLAMED for evil things that occur in this nation (as Jews were once blamed for evil things happening in Europe).
The reified emotions generated in this kind of singular focus upon a particular group is, historically, extraordinarily dangerous.
And the ad is fundamentally dishonest—for it conflates civil marriage—which is what the state recognizes (as a matter of equal treatment of all taxpayers)—with religious marriage.
Further, it is fundamentally dismissive of court protected diversity (the notion that people can have, in a free society, sharply divergent beliefs, but allow one another the space to nevertheless live their lives without interference from competing groups).
In short, gay people, however repugnant to fundamentalists, should not have to go, hat in hand, to every person in the community, and ask—beg—for their basic civil rights and equality under the law.
Not if we are to be a free society.
Anyway, here is the video: