Our Main Social Value: Equality

I had never heard it expressed in this way, but the link describes the U. S. as having a “passion for equality.” That in the U. S. we still have abortion rights, gay marriage rights and have done away legally with racial segregation is explained by this simple value.

The link author is a law professor. He tried to explain to students why someone who bakes wedding cakes is so far required to make them for gay weddings even though the baker claims it violated his religion. Law students could not understand why anyone would think the baker should have the right to refuse.

The professor tried a different hypothetical case, an orthodox Jewish person who is a florist. There was a request for flowers for a marriage of a cultural Jew to someone outside the faith. Such marriages are against the florist’s religion and, in this hypothetical case, the florist refused flowers. The students again had no sympathy with the florist’s position.

The professor concluded that this “passion for equality” is a powerful ongoing value that is hard to shake. It eventually prevailed in slavery and then in segregation. I can say from experience, distaste for gay people was deep in the psych of the general public when I published my first proclamations promoting equity. The “passion for equality” overcame both of these.

I think a passion for equal opportunity for women will eventually push anti abortion politics back into it’s proper place as individual opinions instead of public policy.


2 Responses

  1. Jinx II

    Jon, I have seen the value Equality for All grab a foot hold, hang on and flourish for the last 40 years………especially among the people who were born and grew up during this range of time. It is refreshing to see and bodes well for the future. Its likely there will always be detractors but their influence is dying.

  2. Catcher

    Jon, Living up here as a youth into young adulthood, I had never heard of racial discrimination. The closest thing to that was when a Norwegian married a Swede. We got the weekly county rag, which had no national news, and the radio was turned on at 12 noon for farm and weather reports, (WDAY Dinner Bell Time and Coop Shoppers, with Ken Kennedy. and at 6 PM for much of the same. After chores and supper, the radio may have been turned on to WNAX Yankton SD for music. We didn’t get TV until 1958, and then only at 6 PM, and off at 10. As a youth national news was not a priority. Then came my attention to my future child bride. We didn’t have a TV for the first two years we were married. (guess we didn’t need it). I- we had no knowledge of segregation, no voting rights, or any of the other hardships of the Blacks elsewhere. When one came through for gas or food, they were treated like anyone else. They were served, they ate, and they left. It was only after we had been married a couple years did we become aware of segregation and discrimination. I found it difficult to believe such things were going on, I thought how could they not be considered equal. Even in college, it was not that evident, but we heard rumors. Then the civil rights movement happened, and it was in the news everywhere. The emphasis was not so much the discrimination, but the unrest, protests, and fighting.
    I’ve talked to others my age around here, and that was pretty much their same observation.

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