My exposure to Ashton Kutcher is limited to his show on MTV, and I have always had the impression that he was a goofy and sophomoric, well, punk. But, last night, facing a bitter ender from the reality wing of the Republican Party (Republican Rep from Miami; sorry, didn't catch her name) on Bill Maher's show, Ashton Kutcher revealed the answer to that vexing, age-old question: what does Demi Moore see in him?
Below is a clip of Ashton Kutcher on Prop 8. Here, he kills the BS defense behind entangling church and state after a Newsweek editor, in a feeble defense of gay marriage, bizarrely attempted to justify enshrining conservative values into law. Kutcher dismantles him by explaining the true intent of our Nation's founders: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. I'll quote:
The fact that proposition 8 is even on the ballot...the fact that it's EVEN ON THE BALLOT! (all caps Ashton's, not mine)...is ridiculous! I don't care what your spiritual or religious beliefs are! It should not interfere with our government and our ability to do things through the government! EVER!
Last year, before fleeing the South, I was under a constant barrage of insults from my Californian wife regarding how backwoods my hometown was. Compared to California's diverse utopia, my wife would say, Gainesville Florida might as well still be fighting the civil war. I could only take so much, and, in an effort to appease her, we moved to the Philly burbs, where we've lived happy ever after.
For me the most striking phrase in Olbermann's comment is "This is what your religion tells you to do?". Citing religious beliefs for intolerance is the same logic that has been used to subjugate minorities since the beginning of time. One day, we will learn.
Let's stop tearing apart a successful coalition on the morning of its victory. Nate Silver finds that:
At the end of the day, Prop 8's passage was more a generational matter than a racial one. If nobody over the age of 65 had voted, Prop 8 would have failed by a point or two. It appears that the generational splits may be larger within minority communities than among whites, although the data on this is sketchy.
Clearly there is more work to be done establishing solidarity within our coalition around this issue, particularly with regard to new minority voters coming from religious and traditional cultures. Some of us may be frustrated with the cognitive dissonance we see in a community that knows oppression participating in anti-gay discrimination. As Jon Stewart put it: "Free at last, Free at last...Hey wait, where do you think you two are going." But to hang the passage of Prop H8 solely on them is not just a misreading of the facts that verges on scapegoating, it's politically idiotic.
Conservative forces also see this cognitive dissonance and are intent on exploiting it in order to fracture our coalition. It is our responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen. There are plenty of religious progressives with traditional values who support gay rights as civil rights. They are the model we want to promote. Let's stop this fratricidal stupidity and foster solidarity. We have an unprecedented opportunity right now and history is on our side.