AF&O Poll of the Week

Take part in the poll! Last week’s poll asked, “Does Saddam Hussein’s capture justify the US-led invasion and takeover?”

The results broke down like this:

Overwhelmingly, AF&O readers don’t believe Saddam’s capture justifies the Bush Administration’s terror attacks against Iraq.

1) Thirty-three percent of respondents said, “No. Hussein deserves trial, but this doesn’t prove Iraq’s imminent threat to the US.”

2) In a close second, 30 percent answered, “Absolutely not. Nothing justifies America’s use of terror and violence.”

3) Nineteen percent indulged in a little bloodlust, saying, “Damn right, but we should have given Saddam what Uday and Qusay got.”

4) Eleven percent replied, “Yes. This news makes me feel better about Bush’s handling of the situation.”

5) And seven percent of poll participants said, “You bet! Bush was right all along, and Hussein’s capture proves it.”

We thank everyone who participated at Free Speech Central.

And now, this week’s question: “Should there be a constitutional amendment defining legal marriage as the union between one man and one woman?”

We ask in light of a Dec. 21 New York Times article reporting that even so-called liberals are opposed adamantly to marriage equality under law. Here’s an excerpt:

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found widespread support for an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban gay marriage. It also found unease about homosexual relations in general, making the issue a potentially divisive one for the Democrats and an opportunity for the Republicans in the 2004 election.

Support for a constitutional amendment extends across a wide swath of the public and includes a majority of people traditionally viewed as supportive of gay rights, including Democrats, women and people who live on the East Coast.

Attitudes on the subject seem to be inextricably linked to how people view marriage itself. For a majority of Americans – 53 percent – marriage is largely a religious matter. Seventy-one percent of those people oppose gay marriage. Similarly, 33 percent of Americans say marriage is largely a legal matter and a majority of those people – 55 percent – say they support gay marriage.

The most positive feelings toward gay people were registered among respondents under 30, and among those who knew gay people.

Tell us what you think! Cast your vote in the AF&O Poll of the Week. Carefully screen the choices, because they will include political categorizations — make sure to pick the choice that best fits you. And remember, we are talking about secular law ONLY; this has no bearing on how you think churches should handle the matter.

You’ll find the ballot tower, the tall white box presenting the various choices, in the sidebar to the right. Please tell your friends and colleagues to participate — we want to get a wide range of views. And we want to hear your thoughts in detail too… share them in Comments.

You can vote only once. Results will be available next Sunday.

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