Timothy Carney describes how The Left wages total war; and then plays victim.
On one side is the CEO of the world’s largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers.
One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences.
Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current skirmishes over religious liberty as conservative offensives.When Indiana decided to follow the Clinton administration and 19 states in passing a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Left let loose a cacophonous chorus of cries about a dangerous flood of homophobia spreading out from the Hoosier state.
The misrepresentation would be laughable if not for the awesome power wielded by the anti-religious freedom side.
How is it that the State Propaganda Machine is able to make such a lie stick? Why is it that CEO’s of several major corporations reiterate the lie?
Slippery-slope arguments are often valid — but not coming from the cultural Left, about marriage in the United States, in 2015.
After millennia of marriage being uncontroversially a union between one man and one woman, and after a decade of electorates in most states (and President Obama in 2008) upholding that traditional definition, the Left has used the courts to redefine the institution. People are fired for having taken the losing side. On college campuses, the current fights are about banning even the articulation of traditional views.
But no. Tolerance isn’t the goal. Religious conservatives must atone for their heretical views with acts of contrition: Bake me a cake, photograph my wedding, pay for my abortion and my contraception.
It is the thought police mandating that you condone and support the PC by your actions and tithes. This demand is the essence of the reason for the first three of the Ten Commandments in the Bible. What is a Christian, a Jew, or even a Muslim to do when the government insists he worship at the alter of a false god? Do you do as many of the businesses seem to have done and kneel as ordered. Or do you stand with your belief and take the consequences?