Friday, May 06, 2005
Why Advance Indiana?
As a God-fearing American I believe whole-heartedly in the concept that all people are created equally, that all people are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As best as the intentions of our founders may have been in laying down these sound and well-founded principles, the nature and experience of the human race tells us that some among us will always endeavor to deny these fundamental rights to some of us. African, Irish, Italian, Polish, German, Catholic, Jewish, disabled and female Americans are among the many classes of Americans who have been singled out for discrimination at some point in our history. Slowly, we have changed hearts and minds to end most forms of discrimination in our country and in our state. Sadly, however, a small group of religious zealots have made it their mission in life to deny liberty to persons borne into this world with certain innate characteristics they find objectionable. Based upon their narrow religious views they seek to deny these guaranteed fundamental rights to any person who is gay, lesbian or transgendered, and to use the powers of the state to overtly discriminate against anyone whose sexual orientation they personally find offensive. My purpose in creating this blog is to inform all Hoosiers about: the impact the denial of liberty has on their fellow citizens; who is behind these efforts; and what we can do to thwart their efforts. It is my strong belief that we can only Advance Indiana by promoting a diverse and accepting culture. I hope the readers of this blog are of a like mind and will endeavor to help me achieve these ends.