Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Joel Adkins debate call: day six

Last Thursday, I offered to arrange -- or even participate -- in a debate with Joel Adkins about the proposed marriage discrimination amendment that will be on the ballot in November 2012. The day before, Adkins, the chief lobbyist for the Catholic church, penned an overheated op-ed in the Strib about how Catholic leaders (read: bishops and the archbishop) wouldn't be "silenced" on the issue.

Far from prescribing silence, I'm urging you to come out and talk, Joel. You can talk about religion, psychology, sociology, church history, politics, equal protection, or all of them.

But if you won't put your views to the test of a legitimate discussion about them, stop whining.

So far, nothing from Adkins.

Update: There is going to be a debate on the marriage discrimination amendment at St. Thomas on Thursday, October 13th! Here's a bit about the participants:
Maggie Gallagher, President of The Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and Dale Carpenter, University of Minnesota Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law will present their views on the Same Sex Marriage Amendment at the Murphy Institute's inaugural debate on public policy issues for the 2012 elections.
It's free, but you have to register at the link.

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