“Private Beliefs”—It’s All In How You Pose the Question

SteveK tipped us to an article that includes:

Improbably, gay marriage and religion loom as issues in the Nov. 8 race for a part-time, $12,000-a-year clerk’s job in this town of gently sloping hills on Cayuga Lake. Voters are posed with the question: Where is the line between an elected official’s public duty and private beliefs?

[From Gay marriage, religion issues in NY clerk race – WSJ.com]

“Private beliefs,” it says. What is it that makes a belief about marriage “private”? Why aren’t homosexual insurgents’ beliefs about marriage “private beliefs”?

And where is the line between an elected official’s newly-imposed artificial “responsibilities” and her public convictions?

It’s all in how you pose the question.