Resistance/backlash/response to Supreme Court opinions
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Fri Sep 1 10:19:25 PDT 2000
--- "Griesel, Curtis W." <CWGRIESEL at STTHOMAS.EDU>
> BSA would be well served, and perhaps even legally
> required, to be more
> clear about holding a moral principle as a core
> value that is not commonly
> held by the general public.
But, of course, the view that homosexual conduct is
immoral *is* commonly held by the general public. The
general public is certainly more *tolerant* of private
sexual conduct of all stripes than it was 50 years
ago, but what is the evidence that the public believes
that homosexual conduct is morally good or morally
equivalent to marital sex between a husband and wife?
Tolerance of things people do in private is not the
same thing as approval. And there are many things we
tolerate that we don't want leaders to model for our
What percentage of the public must hold the view that
homosexual conduct is immoral in order to convince Mr.
Griesel that the view is "commonly held by the general
public?" A majority? 40%? 25%? I don't follow the
polls carefully, but those that I recall suggest that
a majority does indeed hold the view that homosexual
conduct is immoral. If you believe that the
traditional view of homosexual conduct has become
uncommon, you have been spending too much time in
academia, I think.
Rick Duncan (conlawprof at yahoo.com)
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