On today’s “Good Morning America” there was an interview, in which the interviewer had on hand a spokeswoman for a Christian conservative watchgroup (I don’t recall the name offhand) and a lesbian couple who appeared briefly — and innocuously — in an episode called “Sugartime!” — about sugaring in Vermont — on the PBS children’s documentary show about diversity, _Postcards from Buster_ (Buster being the cartoon bunny rabbit friend of Arthur the Aardvark).
As you probably know, the Secretary of Education has officially condemned PBS for allowing footage of lesbians (all they were doing was opening the door to their house) in a made-for-children show, and some PBS stations has pulled “Sugartime!” from the air. The Christian spokewoman said, (and I paraphrase), “You are only 2% of the population. The majority of the US believe your ‘lifestyle’ is wrong. Who are you to present your ‘lifestyle’ as normal?”
And the Hubby — being American Indian — nearly jumped at the TV, yelling, “Just because one is part of 2% of the population, does that mean they don’t COUNT? I’m part of less than 1% of the population; does that mean I don’t count EITHER?”
Just because parts of our political process are democratic does not mean we rule by the will of the majority SIMPLY — therein lies mob rule and the tyrannical silencing of the minority voice. We are (or try our damndest to be) a representative republic, in which everybody (even the smallest among us) has a voice or a chance to have a voice SOMEWHERE. Municipal, county, state, federal — we find our representation, and Mrs. Christian Conservative Spokewoman, in this country, EVERYBODY counts.