The future of religious liberty on these issues is going to depend in part on the magnanimity of gay marriage supporters — the extent to which they are content with political, legal and cultural victories that leave the traditional view of marriage as a minority perspective with some modest purchase in civil society, versus the extent to which they decide to use every possible lever to make traditionalism as radioactive in the America of 2025 as white supremacism or anti-Semitism are today.
The Supreme Court tried to split the baby yesterday. The problem in this case, as opposed to when Solomon threatened it, is that the tactic relies on the good will of both sides. Yes, he knew the natural mother would save the life of her child, but she would also have lost that had the “adoptive”mother not also had the child’s best interest at heart. For the ploy to arrive at truth, both sides had to have other than self-interest at heart. Lopez and Douthat are worried that such goodwill does not exist on the pro-gay-marriage side. After reading the news this morning, I agree. Consider this from an “alternative” lifestyle outlet:
A Ventura County man was ordered to pull the plug on his flashing neon anti-Mitt Romney sign in his front yard today or go to jail.
Steven Showers, who first put up the sign last August in front of his home in Newbury Park, said he intends to comply with the order issued by a Ventura County Superior Court judge. According to the Ventura County Star, Showers has until 5 p.m. today to take down the sign or he’ll be facing up to 45 days in jail.
Last week, a jury convicted Showers of eight misdemeanor code violations. Showers, 60, represented himself at the trial.
Showers insists he has a First Amendment right to display the sign, which says “Romney’s Racist Heart Dotcom. Save the GOP.” He installed it back when Romney was still running for president, and refused to remove it even though the GOP candidate lost the election.
His issue with Romney is that he’s a Mormon. As Showers said to the Ventura County Star last year, “I was stunned to find out that the Mormon religion is a white supremacist, anti-black, racist ideology.”
That sounds like a take no prisoners attitude to me.
We’re in trouble.