As a youngster, I was told there were subjects that one simply did not discuss in polite company. Today the once “taboo” subjects of sex, religion and politics have become increasingly intertwined and are not only daily fodder for the supermarket tabloids like the “National Enquirer,” but also are bandied about by Internet websites, the bloggers and mainstream media commentators.
For example, in California, last year’s Proposition Eight disallowed legal recognition for same-sex marriage, and this year it has been the subject of a controversial court reversal. Commentators of every stripe have voiced their viewpoints. Another subject of debate guaranteed to rile religious as well as political leaders is the subject of abortion, which arises during every national election and becomes a litmus test for many candidates.
TV funnyman Jon Stewart’s effort on “The Daily Show” to calm everybody down is meant to amuse and poke fun at conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s campaign to return to the ideals of yesteryear, but it’s got me leaning toward tuning out all the rhetoric and favoring an attitude of live and let live. It would also be nice if we could just tune out all the brouhaha about the location of mosques and what the Koran says. On the other hand, political correctness and sensitivity toward another’s religion don’t seem to be adequate tools in the face of bombs going off in the Middle East and thousands of deaths caused by fanaticism.