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  •  So in your opinion (0+ / 0-)

    when Schweitzer apologizes for saying what he said (which I'm sure is coming any minute now) the slate is wiped clean and all is forgotten?

    I'd tend to believe that Schweitzer might still be a little homophobic.  Just like I believe that the way HRC and Obama handled the gay marriage issue reflects very poorly on their characters, even if they eventually came around to (or were finally honest about IMO) their support of gay marriage.

    •  Not simply an apology (1+ / 0-)
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      if he has a change of heart and sees the truly offensive nature of what he's saying and how it is dipped in prejudice of multiple varieties, then yes, I might consider it.

      I don't make any claims about anybody's character with regard to these issues.  I'm just pointing out positions and statements make in public.

      Do I think that HRC and BHO were cowardly in their earlier public statements about gay marriage?  Yes.  But that's not the topic of this comment thread.  That said, however, they have changed their positions, which I will always see as progress.

      I feel the same way about any number of issues and any number of politicians.  Biden and reproductive choice.

      I believe that people can learn.  Just like I believe that positions evolve and politicians grow and age and improve (or decline).  Neither politics nor human beings are ever absolutely completed projects, change is an inevitable part of both.

      I not only expect that, I celebrate it when it goes in the "right" (to my mind) direction.

      Even things that look like they are staying the same rarely are. They may remain similar but in some way they've changed.  Take the contemporary forms of bigotry we are dealing with today.  They might look like old forms of racism, but they are somewhat different, if only for the times in which they now manifest themselves.  Times in which folks really should have learned something.  

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:40:42 PM PDT

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