Monday, April 10, 2006

Word of the day: Gutlessness

Yesterday's lead editorial makes me despair for the C-J editorial board. They don't trust themselves, they don't trust their readers and they don't have the nerve to make a clear statement in an editorial.

Here's the link:

Walter Reed Army Medical Center - Twice victims
Walter Reed patients shouldn't be harassed for the arguable sins of Americans
Published Sunday, April 9, 2006

Arguable sins of Americans? Yes, I know that many C-J readers view homosexuality as sinful but there isn't any room in an editorial for this kind of mealy-mouthed nonsense. What does the TCJEB think?

I think we can all agree that the WBC picketing military funerals and now, wounded soldiers, is despicable. Apparently the TCJEB isn't prepared to risk an assumption that all WBC pickets are.

Here's the principled stand they take:

If it's true that homosexuality is a sin -- and Americans don't agree on that -- the patients and staff of Walter Reed aren't the ones who should be picketed.

I'd prefer an unequivocal statement. Wimps. I'm imagining a german op-ed from 1938:

If it's true that the Jews are blah-blah-blah -- and Germans don't agree on that -- then blah-blah-blah aren't the ones who should be blah-blah-blah.

The Capital-Journal allows for the possibility that there are people that the WBC should picket. Singling out some who shouldn't be is as brave and clear as the paper dare's be. If the paper thinks picketing queers is fine, then they should say so. If they don't, they should should say so and damn the consequences. If they can't, they should have the sense to shut the hell up.



Anonymous NorthWest said...

You've put your finger on an element I've noticed in general reactions to WBC picketing. As long as it was against "homosexuals" or people who were thought to have died from AIDS it was ok. But now they're touching a nerve.

I agree with you, that WBC is despicable in whatever event/situation they picket. One wonders if they broadened their attack program because they weren't getting enough attention simply harassing gays and their friends.

8:22 PM  

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