Q: What is it specifically about Dr. Laura's statements
that bothers you? A: That she says homosexuality is wrong.
Ah. Not that she says something that isn't true. Not that she doesn't
understand what her religion says. Just that she has the audacity, the
*nerve* to actually declare an action wrong based on solid moral teaching
and sound fact.
"What is right for me..."
I've never understood this statement when it relates to morals. There are
a few competing world views and its important to know which one you're
World View #1, the commonly popular one, is humanism. It states that
there is nothing above human reason, and that, since we're all humans, none
of us can tell any other what to do. Thus, there is no "right" or "wrong"
because each of us simply decides for ourselves what we will do.
Interestingly enough, what we often believe is "right for me" now turns out
to have been "wrong for me" later, when time has allowed us to decide
differently. Thus, regret for our mistakes or anger at the unfairness of the
result of a decision that we were right in making permeates our later years.
With World View #2, we have the Judeo-Christian world view, which
includes as one of its basic beliefs that there is a God who (through one
means or another) made us and is all-knowing. As an all-knowing God, he
would certainly know what is best for us and what is harmful for us. His
decrees of "right" and "wrong" then are not intended to limit our choices,
but to help us see that things that are "wrong" cause more harm and do more
damage than things that are "right."
Now, if you want to hold to a shifting standard of "right for me" as the
be all an end all, you will have to live with the possibility that you don't
know as much now as you ought in order to make the right decision about what
is "right for you." In other words, you will go through life making
decisions with no certainty that the things you believe are right today will
actually still be the things you believe were right when today becomes
Dr. Laura clearly believes in an absolute standard of right and wrong. It
takes character and sacrifice to put our own ideas of what is best aside for
what the absolute standard says. It is not easy. It is not "fun." And it
often leads us down roads that may seem to be less rewarding than the fast
and easy standards of "whatever goes." It is certainly understandable that
people who do not adhere to absolute standards resent those who do.
And that is fundamentally what people are objecting to. Dr. Laura
believes in an absolute standard of right and wrong and is perfectly willing
to tell anyone who asks her opinion what that standard says they should do.
You adhere to a standard that says no one should tell anyone what to do, but
by your own admission, that standard is only "right for you" and "right for
now." So why protest Dr. Laura for the standard that is "right for her" and
her many listeners (and soon to be viewers) agree with.