21 April 2015

Let's pretend: imagine an even-handed media

by Dan Phillips

Suppose political reporters wanted to pretend to be anything vaguely approximating even-handed.

Hey, I said suppose. Stop laughing. Use your imagination, and work with me here.

We know they're going to ask every Republican presidential candidate deep and probing vital-issue-of-the-day questions like:
  • Should "gays" be stoned?
  • Would you go to a "gay" "wedding" if you were invited?
  • Would you go to a "gay" "wedding" if it were your son or daughter?
  • Is being "gay" a choice?
...and so forth. I don't need to do their work for them.

So what if they were even to pretend to be even-handed on this issue? What questions could they ask of the Democratic candidates?

I'm absolutely serious about these, and I've come up with the lot of them on the run, without even breaking a sweat. Here goes:
  • Should people act on every sexual impulse they have? How can they tell which is which?
  • If someone has a homosexual impulse, does he have a choice as to whether or not to act on it?
  • Should adult children whose hearts move them to marry one or both of their parents be legally allowed to? Why or why not?
  • How about adult siblings whose hearts move them to marry one or more of their siblings?
  • Is being homosexual like being black or Asian? How is it different?
  • Christians believe that Jesus can free people from being enslaved to destructive sexual impulses. Are they wrong?
  • Jesus said that it was wrong to act out some sexual impulses. Was He wrong?
  • If your son or daughter married a Christian who believed that homosexuality is a sin, would you attend the wedding?
  • Followup: should bakers be required by law to cater such a wedding?
  • Do you think Christians who believe in the Bible should be allowed to hold public office?
That's just without really trying.

Feel free to offer your own.

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20 comments:

Jim Pemberton said...

Of course, you understand that liberal politicians are supposed to lie about these things until it is politically okay to reveal their true beliefs on these things.

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: Right now the spending of the Federal Government debt of the Federal Government equals the entire sum of the economy -- The Federal Government owes as much as everybody (persons, corporations, politicians) will bring home in 2015. Is that enough debt, or should there be more?

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: Let's assume that the other party is as bad as you say it is, and they are actual enemies of the American People. They would be domestic enemies. Can you name any non-domestic enemies who are more dangerous than your fellow politicians, and what means should we use to stop them?

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: Without question you personally are in the top 1% of all wage earners on the planet -- but you are also in the top 1% of wage earners in this country. What percent of your income do you think the Federal Government should take -- and when will you start giving it voluntarily?

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: Because of your strict position on gun control, when will you order the Secret Service to stop carrying fire arms while they are trying to protect your life?

DJP said...

All good questions.

In the post, I focus on the fact that the MSM will try to make homosexuality THE issue, particularly for conservatives.

I'm specifically thinking of ways to give that sword have a second (and possibly more sharply jagged) edge.

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: For the sake of the undocumented aliens now residing in the US, can you tell me what the Federal Government should do to make sure this nation is doing everything in its power to prevent it from becoming like the nations these poor and down-trodden human beings are trying to escape?

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: When was the last time you personally participated in LGBT activities? If not, why not?

Frank Turk said...

[TPSP]: You say you support gay marriage, but you are not in gay marriage. What would you say to those who would call that a half-hearted endorsement?

swimthedeepend said...

Is there anything other than conservative evangelical Christians - and lactose - that should not be tolerated?

Jim Pemberton said...

swimthedeepend,
Don't forget gluten. That's another health-food fad these days.

Yeah, people want to pretend that Christians are like unhealthy allergies. ...anything to get away from the truth.

Paul Nevergall said...

If homosexuality is not a choice what do you say to those who chose to walk away?

Ken Abbott said...

Paul: The response you're likely to get is that people who walk away from homosexuality are in denial and are unhealthily repressing their natural and good sexual orientation. Choice in that community goes just one way--it's great to choose to act on homosexual impulses but bad to choose against them.

Daveschatology said...

How can you be so bigoted to not celebrate the marriage of a man and his German shepherd?

Paul Reed said...

Did you read this article by Kevin De Young? http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2015/04/24/three-cheers-for-bill-and-hillary-clinton/

On the topic of homosexuality, we had this kind of media and society only 10 years earlier. Bill Clinton's policies on homosexuality were far more conservative than the 2016 Republican presidential nominee will be.

Brodie said...

What "should" the definition of marriage be?

ateasetees said...

In Christianity, the marriage of one man and one woman is a reflection of Christ and His church. What is "gay marriage" a reflection of?

Franklin Benjamin said...
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Franklin Benjamin said...

How about this one?

Hey, Mr./Ms. Left-Wing Politician,
"Will you support the LGBT community in adding a "P" (LGBTP) to its identity in support of the thousand's of Pedophile's in this county just wanting and needing a loving relationship to fulfill who they are as caring persons? After all Peophile's cannot help or change the way they were born. And if not, why will you continue to persist in discriminating against Peophile's? Are you a racist?"