A lot has already been said about the recent uproar by “gay rights” activists and liberals in general over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Governor Mike Pence’s subsequent spineless folding in typical Republican fashion. Protesters even forced a local pizza parlor to close because the owner said in an interview that she would not cater “gay weddings.” (Though the news is that the shop has now re-opened.)
(I tried to keep Holy Week at least somewhat holy, and thus held off on commenting on the ungodly cesspool of current politics, but I thought I’d share a few thoughts.)
At this point no one can still harbor the foolish and naïve notion that the political-cultural left has anything whatever to do with freedom, tolerance, or diversity.
Talk about, for instance, any proposed laws even restricting abortion, and liberals will howl like rabid banshees about how we must never “impose our morality” on others by law. This is typically followed a lecture on the evils of “theocracy,” with grim warnings about how parental consent laws or whatever are just one slippery step away from beheading infidels and burning heretics at the stake. (Personally, I prefer my heretics just well done.)
However, as illustrated by the hullabaloo in Indiana, the same secularist bleeding hearts are more than ready to impose their own “morality” on those who disagree with politically-correct orthodoxy on issues such as “gay marriage.” (Or, rather, to force others against their will to cooperate in immorality.)
As I pointed out earlier regarding similar issues in Texas, choosing not to cater or a homosexual “wedding” is not about discrimination against individuals, but about not catering a particular type of event that is contrary to Christian morality.
Forcing persons in private business to cater or support events contrary to their beliefs against their will not only violates the free exercise of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment, but the basic right to freedom of association, regardless of religious belief or lack thereof. (Deroy Murdock makes this point eloquently in a National Review article, giving a wide variety of potential non-religious examples where this principle would apply. Should a feminist be forced to do photography for a strip club? A black musician play at a KKK event? Etc.)
Prior to the passing of the Indiana statute, there was never any actual issue of discrimination. Gays have no problem finding bakers and such to cater their “weddings.” The hysterics of the likes of Al Sharpton notwithstanding, who scream that unless Christian bakers are forced by law to bake gay wedding cakes, the return of Jim Crow is imminent. (You know, back when gays were forced to sit in the back of the bus.) Hell, it will probably set us back to the days of slavery, when gays were put in chains and forced to pick cotton from dawn to dusk in the hot Southern sun, to the tune of the slave-driver’s whip. (Though I hear some of them liked the whole whips and chains thing.)
(If I were black I’d be absolutely disgusted at the comparison of “gay rights” issues to slavery and segregation. Hell, I’m not black, and I’m still disgusted. But that’s another rant.)
But the very thought of a few bakers, wedding photographers, or caterers out there who don’t conform with pc orthodoxy on “gay marriage” so enrages the bleeding heart fascists that they are willing to force people at gunpoint to conform and comply.
Freedom of religion and of association be damned.
For the left, “gay rights” has become an all-important all-trumping sacred cause, which they pursue with the fanaticism of religious crusaders (or perhaps Jihadists?).
Perhaps most disappointing is that Catholic response to this blatant assault on religious freedom seems largely lacking. Though that is hardly surprising, given the weak and tepid response to Obamacare’s contraception mandate. And the sad truth is that most of the bleeding heart social-justice “Catholics,” who salivate like Pavlov’s dogs at any statist activism claiming to be on behalf of The Oppressed, and who piously obey every dictate of political correctness, side with “gay rights” against the teachings of their Church.
For many, the issue of a few gay wedding cakes and such may seem too trivial and petty to be worth bothering with. And by itself, perhaps it is. But wars are won or lost by many small battles, and freedoms once taken for granted in this country are being steadily and relentlessly chipped away piece by piece. If (as expected) the Supreme Court (absurdly) declares “gay marriage” to be a “constitutional right,” things will only get much worse. How long before we wake up?