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  •  Hm... (4.00)
    Interesting, and I'll keep my eyes and ears open for anything that grabs my attention.

    I was thinking about this last night, this whole issue of "rights" - gay rights (marriage and otherwise), minority rights, reproductive rights, etc.  I think a concerted and credible effort to paint the Republican party as a party that sits back and judges how many rights an average person should have, based on a value judgment as to the "fitness" of their lifestyle and beliefs, is one that needs to be made.  The conflict is obvious:

    • Gays - No real rights, and certainly not marriage rights based on the value judgment that "gay" is "wrong".
    • Reproductive rights - Feel free to exercise the right to reproduce but not to use birth control, educate others on the use of birth control, or (gasp) discuss, contemplate or have an abortion.
    • Religious rights - As long as you're Christian, the world is your oyster.  No exceptional rights for non-Christian religions or atheists.
    • Illegal immigrant rights - They get everything that other groups are denied.  In-state tuition is a topical example.  Illegal immigrants in some states qualify for in-state tuition at State universities when legal, out-of-state studients do not.
    • Health care rights - You can have these if you can afford them.  If not, you're out of luck.

    I guess it just seems so obvious to me that vast groups of people are being discriminated against on the basis of a value judgment as to their "fitness".  What happened to rights extended to US citizens on the basis of the fact that they are US citizens, everything else excepted??

    Sorry - a bit off topic.  Great diary and something about which we need to be aware.

    HEY - why haven't you visited my blog?

    by RenaRF on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 06:31:21 AM PST

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