Exploring the Social Imagination

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Good Society ~ Free to Believe in the Social Imagination

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June 2015 legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But it also "ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths."

US District Judge David Bunning says no to the idea that the June ruling infringes on a local elected official's religious beliefs. He argues that Davis is "free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do ... and that her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk," he wrote last week.

Davis' lawyers compare her to other religious objectors, such as a nurse being forced to perform an abortion, a noncombatant ordered to fire on an enemy soldier, or a state official forced to participate in a convicted prisoner's execution. Davis said "This is not something I decided because of this (June) decision that came down," (Davis testified in federal court last month). "It was thought-out and, you know, I sought God on it." ~ AP Adam Beam, Aug. 18 2015

It seems that the June ruling should support Davis based on the clause that ensures that all or any religious organizations and ‘religious’ persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths. Is Davis a teacher? Not by title but by position and status – yes. 

Effectively, no one can attack her or any person for doing their job as they are elected to do so. And, this is the very argument used by homosexuals – their personhood cannot be attacked as they are just trying to live their lives and do their jobs in the way they see it, well so is Davis. One might draw the conclusion that homosexuals do not consider other people's personhood who are not homosexuals.

There is no intention to deny homosexuals their ‘rights’ or to deny them free to believe in what they do only that they do not deny others that same right. The argument that Davis is a public figure and should be made as in forced to do her job is not only a bad argument but goes against American democracy and civil liberty. 

No, she should not be forced. She has a right to do her job the way she sees fit as elected by the people she represents in her community; after all, that is how she got elected and we must assume that she was elected by the people who were and are well aware of who she is and what she believes and that is why they elected her. 

If we say that is not true, that people do/did not know, then aren't we saying that voting people are ignorant. Wouldn't we also be saying that people are either senseless or clueless about most officials they elect. And, maybe they are. Thankfully, when people come to their senses and they do, they the have right to pursue the removal of elected officials. At this time, it does not appear that the people (as in majority) that Davis was elected by are trying to have her removed. 

Someone asked, “but, wouldn’t you feel bad if you were left out of the norm or circle”. And, the response was... “so, you think there are people that have never been left out or on the 'outs' ”.  Many times, each and every one of us finds ourselves on the ‘outs’. This is life. We are not equal in every way nor can we all have what we want when we want it or have what we want because we think we deserve it. 

That is why; we can feel on the 'outs' with family members. Or, sometimes the community puts us in the ‘outs’ because changing a tire in one’s own driveway is forbidden or hanging laundry in the backyard is forbidden or banning the fresh fruit and vegetable peddler from putting up a stand or those that think dogs should be allowed in the local restaurants and be allowed to sit under the table while their owners have dinner and then there are those that prefer to ride bicycles to work and or to the grocery store for shopping but there is no safe way because the people don’t have the tax money to put in sidewalks to every place they want to go or there are those who think they deserve a lot of money for doing their job (not talking about Walmart workers, talking about school administrators), or those parents who demand cheaper higher education for their child who is limited by ability or the ones who are not limited but unfortunately seem never to be in the right place at the right time in order to prove themselves... and there are those who are on the 'outs' because their candidate did not win. 

What is the advice for situations of this kind... when you find yourself on the ‘outs’? Find a way in, become a piece of the puzzle. That does not mean to twist and turn the piece to make it fit...twist the arm of the majority. One must assimilate (study/learn) and thus become better able to integrate into the majority. How? The first step is to want to become part of the puzzle and then to walk away from the projected wall of protection and face the majority with respect for it being the majority (the puzzle you want to be part of) remembering that a majority forms and exists in a democracy because a practice or an idea has been working successfully for a long time and for a long time it has worked for the good of society which makes good society. And thus, you are in this way, a member of good society, free to believe as is anyone else in the social imagination of good society ... join in the circle and widen the majority!

Children as an example will not welcome the child that has a temper tantrum pushing and bullying to get in the game on the playground insisting that they can play too inasmuch as the child who knows the game well and joins right in.

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