Yesterday: Join the discussion: Is a stonewalling 1SI being disingenuous?
It will disappoint some of you to learn that, slightly paraphrasing General U.S. Grant, “I propose to fight it out along this line if it takes all winter,” so in today’s installment of li’l ol’ NAC versus the establishment leviathan of greenfield development, the one that still can’t manage a coherent response to the pertinent issues we’re raising – the one that can barely muster a response of any sort – the conversation turns back to One Southern Indiana's flirty winks and provocative nudges with ROCK (Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana), a lobby group that is wielding a bulky anti-pornography shield as means of obscuring a number of more controversial platform planks (anti-abortion, anti-stem cell research, anti-gay marriage) that involve matters that fall far outside of 1SI’s purported developmental realm.
Wow; that was one hellacious paragraph. But first, here’s a recent posting by a blogger completely unaffiliated with NAC who also can see the fundamental contradiction of ROCK.
Exactly What Battle? (from the John Manzo blog).
It would, on some level, be nice to be able to stand with this group. I do not believe that they are truly wrong about the issues of pornography and the difficulties the sex industry bring to any region. It is a legitimate issue on so many levels.
The problem is that as I watched their video I did not get the impression that ROCK is a group that's main interest is in dealing with the local sex industry. The very name of the organization, Reclaim our Culture Kentuckiana, hearkens to something more. A lot more.
They decry a moral decline in a culture and claim this as a fact. I hear this a great deal and it's usually from people who haven't studied ethics.
Subsequently, over at the NA Health blog, I tried to start a conversation with my friend and physician Dr. Dan, a supporter of ROCK who also appears in the group's hot video.
The New Albanian said:
Dan, do you think that 1SI should support a radical right wing organization like ROCK? You've been suspiciously silent on this issue, and I'm in desperate need of material.
First off, how do you conclude they are a "radical right wing organization"?
Does just having Christian values label them in your mind?
Where is the tolerance?
Is this not bigotry on your part?
Their goal is better communities and families. That seems to be an admirable goal.
The New Albanian said:
What do anti-abortion, anti-stem cell research and anti-gay marriage planks have to do with economic development?
Does not ROCK have all three as part of the agenda? A cursory examination of the web site certainly seems to suggest so.
Must we then sign on to these in order to have (ahem) "good" jobs?
So you always agree with 100% of every organization's viewpoints that you support.
If this is true, then I doubt you are supporting many organizations.
1SI did support ROCK in their stance against pornography because it has significant implications on economic development.
I do not recall 1SI outwardly supporting the other items.
If there is another organization standing up against pornography, I am sure they would consider standing behind them as well, as it does effect the growth of the economy.
The New Albanian said:
"Does just having Christian values label them in your mind?"
I didn't mention the word Christian. You did. Apart from that, you'll recall that my question was this:
"What do anti-abortion, anti-stem cell research and anti-gay marriage planks have to do with economic development?"
Don't forget that I watched the film on ROCK's website and turned past page one. I'm suggesting that (a) ROCK's ultimate ambitions aren't confined to the "bad porno" template, and (b) 1SI's endorsement of the marquee came sans consideration of the whole ROCK picture.
1SI seeks de facto establishment as the region's economic development authority. I fail to see how this enshrinement includes the authority to determine the "proper" cultural and religious viewpoints.
It strikes me that one argument in all this is that has passed largely unexamined, and that’s the view that pornography plays a quantifiably negative role in a region’s economic development efforts. More than one source has intimated privately to me that 1SI possesses sufficient evidence to back its assertion that pornography is an economic development issue, and certainly we’re all eyes.
I’ve made it a point to assure 1SI’s Michael Dalby in e-mail messages that NAC will happily publish such materials if they’re made available, and I’m hoping that these are based on credible research, and not merely the anonymous complaints of real estate agents unable to sell otherwise valuable plots of Veterans Parkway land with the misfortune to be adjacent to the adult bookstore formerly known as Theatair-X.
The fact remains that ROCK is seeking to embrace far more than the purging of a local adult entertainment business that’s been turning profits for something close to four decades, and to be honest, that’s what worries me the most about 1SI’s thoughtless plunge into bed with yet another in a series of groups that specialize in offering us slippery slopes as the solution to largely imaginary problems. As I’ve previously written:
When religious groups take the field over matters like this, check the locks on the public library. Literature and other manifestations of free thought are sure to be next, and accordingly, what part of economic development does censorship enhance ... unless, of course, one lives in China … or Zimbabwe.
The community deserves immediate clarification from 1SI.
Why isn’t it forthcoming?
And, under these uncommunicative circumstances, why should the city of New Albany contribute a red cent to 1SI’s coffers?
Egads -- now we're in bed with Councilman Cappuccino.
Now that's pornographic.