Thursday, July 9, 2015

Obergefell and the creeping federal overreach

So I haven't commented too much on the whole gay marriage thing. For the record, I don't have a problem with civil unions. I have gay friends, and I think anyone should be able to control issues like inheritance, shared finances, medical or durable power of attorney assignment, insurance beneficiaries or covered dependents, etc. I also think marriage as a whole was long ago downgraded to civil union status in the West since, with the advent of no-fault divorce, it's now an unenforceable contract. The whole point of marriage is that people need structure in order to make sure that the vulnerable or defenseless are protected and the most effective, loyalty-inspiring arrangements seem to be familial. But if there's no bite to the contract, the strong will leave and the weak will go under. This is what we're experiencing now - a whole lot of people slowly going under.


What cheeses me off about the whole gleeful celebration of the past several weeks is that loads of people don't see what coming just around the river bend for religious people whose values are in conflict with the equality cult religion now in power.  It's been in the works for quite some time already.

If the government can fine you into oblivion for refusing to bake a cake for an occasion that goes against your religious beliefs and then place a gag order on you after the fact, we no longer have free speech or freedom of religion. For that matter, we don't even have equality, since some citizens are protected upon pain of fine or jail and others are jailed or fined.

So I got into a Twitter discussion. Yes, I did. I know, I know. But when people say this Supreme Court decision won't change anything about my life since I don't want to marry another woman, I have to shake my head. Where have these people been living for the past 60-70 years or longer? Haven't they seen kids forced to travel by bus clear across a city to an unknown school so the equality flag can fly higher? Haven't they seen federal tax dollars funneled for Planned Parenthood and abortion initiatives? Have they not seen public schools stripped of any Christian cultural expression? Haven't they noticed how hostile college campuses are to the religious or people of conservative values? Haven't they watched as villages and hamlets get sued into submission for their Santa displays or Christmas tree decorations? The Boy Scouts - the Boy Scouts - have been successfully rebranded as bigotry purveyors.

If Christians want to have Christmas programs at community schools at Christmastime, they're out of line and selfish, but people can dance naked and simulate sex in public parades and religious people are told, "Don't go, then." Media has become unbelievably offensive. The solution? "Don't watch/listen/read/view/participate, then." Don't watch the media? Any media? The media is everywhere. Good luck with that.

If anyone thinks that this most recent Supreme Court decision is the end of this, they have not been paying attention. We are about to witness lawsuit after lawsuit against the religious, and not just about cakes and wedding photo shoots. Every Christian college is about to be forced to lose their ability to regulate sexual mores on campus or lose their ability to offer their students federal financial aid. Churches that refuse to marry gay people or have gay people in relationships hold office will lose their tax exempt status. These people will not stop until religious groups speak, think, and act by their rules within their own walls. Full stop.

Put out a rosary in your own cubicle and expect a complaint to rise. If you're not willing to nod and smile about your coworker's sex transitioning plastic surgery, expect HR to call and mandate a reprogramming class. Or lose your job. A lot of this road has already been traveled.

So when people say it's paranoia to think this decision was anything but a victory for love, I'm not at all convinced. Because the people we are dealing with do not negotiate in good faith. They take, and they sue, and they bulldoze, and they expect you to say thank you that you can still put up a cross and "believe what you want" in your own home.

Well, no thank you.






4 comments:

  1. Good article. I try to explain this to people but they just go "those hateful christian bigots" People think they can get Christian morality without the Christianity. I'm not particularly religious but I'll jump for joy the day Christians just say "enough" and really show what a group of strong quiet people can do. Most of these people whole heartedly believe into the liberal atheist religion. They all have exactly the same beliefs and will excommunicate anyone who questions them.

    Also, read your last post. Didn't respond cause I didn't have any advice but hope everything turns out well for you.

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  2. A reckoning is coming for the Church. Just like in times of Islamic conquests, or Roman persecutions, we will be given a choice to bend to the will of the new majority, or to stand fast by our beliefs and be made to suffer. We may not be thrown to the lions... yet... but they will find ways to damage and destroy our livelihoods. Choose this day whom you will serve.

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  3. This will, eventually, stop.
    But in the meantime, you may have to shake the dust off your feet, and leave the USA to fall into perdition.

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  4. Good article - thanks.
    If I have any advice, on how to get through the valleys, is to remember that when you are feeling most alone, you are not. There are unfortunately no money trees, no make-my-loved-one-well potions. Keep yourself surrounded by good people. Do keep on taking positive steps - you sound as if you are already, but sometimes a little discouraged by lack of results. I have to remind myself that as well, more often than anyone knows. I envy those who are not bothered by the picayune matters of not enough money/too many expenses, illness, lack of employment.... Perhaps they have other issues and hide it well, so a prayer for those?
    God speed.

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