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Jon Stewart and Bill Bennett June 7, 2006

Posted by jojoe in Politico.

Don't know if you caught the Jon Stewart interview with Bill Bennett the other night.  It was beautiful.  I'm often disappointed that Jon doesn't challenge his guests more, instead of just laughing things off.  He was pretty direct in this interview, and made some excellent points in support of gay marriage.  Crooks and Liars has a link to the video.

This is on the Crooks and Liars site, and is a rough transcript:

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families…

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.

Stewart's last line is just genius.  It shifts the debate back to where it should be, in talking about gay marriage in terms of the people that are denied a right that the rest of us recognize as very meaningful to our lives and hold very near to our hearts. 



1. Maria - June 7, 2006

I’m glad you posted a link to the video. Last night I only heard the initial cheers and applause as I was flying to sleepland.

Seriously, I would really love to hear an intelligent, thought-provoking, possibly convincing argument against gay marriage… Just out of curiosity, to see if I can get it somehow.

The opposition seems so absurd and lacking of real reasons, that it’s almost sad to see people like Bennett drowning in their own sweat for lack of reasonable arguments to defend their fanatic position.

2. Chris - June 8, 2006

Good point Maria, I would love to hear an intelligent, thought-provoking, possibly convincing argument on a lot of current issues. Are there any good non-partisan debates around anymore? In college we had a Political Science class where we read Christian Science Monitor because our prof. thought it was the least biased of the major media outlets. Maybe I should check that out again.

3. Petie - June 8, 2006

Yep, agree on all points. I’d like more info on what the heck is going on with most news stories. Abortion is just so sensitive to most people and I get it, I really do get why it’s so sensitive. However, I don’t understand why those same people would kill a doctor or agree with the death penalty. A life is a life. It is a woman’s choice though – there are just too many factors out there to put a ban on abortion.

4. jojoe - June 8, 2006

to Pillita…. here’s a typical anti-gay marriage piece that was in the Salt Lake Tribune today….. http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3911680.

It’s complete bullshit, but there really isn’t much to work with.

5. Maria - June 8, 2006

Riiight… “tradition” and “religion”.
It’s also tradition (and possibly a religious belief, not sure), somewhere in Africa to remove the clitoris of all little girls.
It’s also tradition (possibly secunded by religion) in some cultures to treat women like inferior shit.
It was part of Catholic religion many many moons ago to purchase “indulgencias” from the church in order to “go to heaven”.

Abortion has very good arguments on both sides of the fence, but gay marriage… if the two major pillars are religion and tradition… I don’t see it.

6. pete - June 10, 2006

I think this is a very appropriate political cartoon.


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