They have no doubt who they are: They're the pro-family people, defenders of moral values. But if that's so, then who are we? The anti-family people? Destroyers of moral values?This non-demonizing article looks at the way people frame ideas and how that influences how we think. It offers insights, (and facts to make progressives smile) like this:
We can't even demonize them without betraying our Principles; spawns of Satan don't have inherent worth and dignity...[and] I have to wonder where the interfaith dialogue goes after we attribute our opponents' views to “derangement.” Satisfying as it can be to write fundamentalists off as crazy, stupid, or evil, if we're going to be true to ourselves we first have to try to understand them as thinking, feeling human beings.
It is very hard to remember, think about, or even hear facts that don't make sense to you. Those who see conservatives as pro-family and liberals as anti-family have no place to put the fact that liberal Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country. It just won't stick in their heads.Categories: Unitarian Universalism, Democracy, Systems, Links