A tyranny of silence

Democracy only really works when we can engage in respectful dialogue about issues of legislation. Yet when accusations of intolerance, bigotry and hate are being flung at you, it can be very hard to participate in this dialogue. It’s easier to stay silent, to disengage and opt out.

That’s what it’s like at the moment if you support the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman, voluntarily entered into for life.

Your views are not tolerated, while at the same time, you’re accused of intolerance. Your opinion is vilified, sometimes nastily. This article is just one example of the kind of intolerance often displayed. Sadly, it then elicits nasty comments back, and a vicious and destructive cycle continues.

It saddens me that those who are same-sex attracted have been hurt. Yet the way to address this is not to bully into silence those who disagree with same-sex marriage. It’s to infuse respect back into the conversation and let ideas be discussed, without mocking the people who hold them.

~ Ruth Limkin

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