I find the debate on the SCOTUS HB2 ruling to be disheartening. Really it isn’t a debate at all. Everyone who supports the bill shares a link or says, “Thank Goodness!”, but wow are the other side chomping at the bit.
I get that they are impassioned, I really do. It’s an issue that is at the heart of many peoples religious and moral beliefs and while I don’t partake of the same view, I do support their ability to share their side of the argument. However, while perusing through a fair number of posts, it seems to be that they have fallen off their rockers. I am always up for a lively debate, one that is well informed, fair and intelligent, but I feel like this is not what they are up for.
Posting personal attacks on people or resorting to name calling makes you lose all credibility, but they just don’t seem to care. They also don’t seem to care about scientific facts or studies. Maybe this is just the nerd in me, but aren’t those things kind of important? I do a fair bit of reading and consult with my best friend, who happens to be a doctor, when forming opinions regarding medical practices and rules, and I think that everyone should. It’s easy to make decisions with your heart, but unfortunately it’s not very good at reasoning or logic or risk/benefit analysis.
We need to live in a world where we are making decisions based on facts, science and our best judgement, not our feelings, because those are intangible things. We are all individuals with different life experiences and values, but those shouldn’t be forced upon others.
***Edit: I ended up having a lovely discussion with someone about the ruling, who was on the opposite side of the issue from myself. It can and does happen. Keep your minds open and your comments respectful and you end up having more in common than you would think! Thanks to Epiphanies and Serendipities for her awesomeness!