Hank Fox meditates on the sanctity of the uncoerced conscience at voting time. He reminds us of our willingness to ban campaigning at voting stations—which goes to the extent of banning us from wearing all campaign paraphernalia, even our “quiet campaign buttons”. And then shows us how his own local polling station greets voters :
I couldn’t guess how it might play out in any individual voter, but I can safely predict that with certain ballot measures, here and elsewhere, what we feel when we enter a church WILL have a powerful effect on how large numbers of us mark our ballots.
Should women have the private right to determine their own adult reproductive choices, or should those baby-killing sluts be prevented by law from alternately getting knocked up and then disposing of millions of precious unblemished souls in bloody abortion clinic trash cans? Should Adam and Steve be allowed to marry whomever they please, or should those disgusting beasts be prevented from prancing around in public making a mockery of God-given American family values? Should our innocent schoolchildren be taught the beautiful truth of the talking snake in the Garden of Eden, or the ungodly fiction that we all descended from fornicating monkeys?One thing’s for sure: If you believe, in any measure at all, that the Almighty Creator of the Universe is looking over your shoulder as you make such decisions, it HAS TO affect your vote.
Read his whole insightful argument.
Personally, I am reminded of a poignant story I read on Andrew Sullivan’s blog about the 2008 Prop 8 vote where a lesbian couple described being on line chatting about non-political topics with a fellow voter and noticing (I forget how) that after their conversation, with no prompting from them, he changed a pre-filled out form he had had with him which had originally been a vote against gay marriage to one for it.
Where you are and who you are around and what you are exposed to affects your thinking.