"Conservative" has become a bad word these days, at least around this house. In fact, for years, we've seen people with bad motives fall under this label (either this or "neo-conservative").
Today, I was happy to read an article that showed some of the old kind of conservatives at work. I'm more of a moderate than anything, but this gives me comfort because the old-line true conservatives weren't a threat to my freedoms. In fact, they were very concerned about individual liberties.
Today, with this article, I got to see a brief glimpse of such people for the first time in a long time, and it's refreshing. They're politically conservative (yes, it's 365gay.com, but I think they're quite likely correct in this--New Hampshire is a pretty conservative state), but they're from the old school.
The article said, "The overwhelming majority of those who spoke were in favor of granting either civil unions or marriage to gay couples."
It quoted one resident as saying, "It seems to me if some people don't have the rights that I have in this country, then something is really wrong."
It continued, "[a]nother resident, Craig Evans, told the commissioners that in his estimation marriage was first and foremost a civil action.
"'There is a distinct difference between civil and religious marriage,' Evans said. 'In New Hampshire a marriage license is issued by a civil authority.'"
"A number of local pastors stood up and said they too supported legal recognition of gay and lesbian families.
"The only voice of dissent came from a priest, Father Curt Hanners. He called homosexuality a threat to the community."
The article was refreshing. If only more people could have such respect for their fellow citizens.