I watched this clip again last night and it was just as powerful then as it was when I first saw it a couple years ago.
Keith Olbermann said this shortly after Prop 8 was passed in November, 2008:
… With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadnesses, this is what your conscience tells you to do?
With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate… this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness — this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness — share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
How wonderful that the idiotic ballot measure was overturned yesterday.
How could you read the reactions to Judge Vaughn Walker‘s ruling and not be overjoyed?
You’d have to be heartless.
Or a conservative Christian or Mormon or anyone who thinks their religious beliefs trump common decency and civil rights