Obergefell v. Hodges is ultimately less significant than the Eich affair. Justice Kennedy might be sincere about freedom of religion being respected; it makes no difference if being known to disapprove of gay marriage will get you fired from your job and made unemployable thereafter. There’s not much worse the government could do to you. The First Amendment assumes a social context that makes its immunities from government coercion meaningful. It was assumed that at least one of the following would be true:
- Most people would be self-employed.
- Employers wouldn’t care about employees’ beliefs.
- If they did care, there would be a diversity of beliefs among employers.
- At the very least, government and employers wouldn’t be taking orders from the same group.
The Church turned over heretics to the secular arm; she would not have claimed this constituted freedom for heresy on her part. Now the media gives the orders. Whether they’re executed by the Department of Justice or the Human Relations department of your company doesn’t make much practical difference for you. The old distinctions are now artificial. Government, NGOs, private corporations–it’s all the same group of people. They went to the same schools, read the same papers, and often openly coordinate with each other.
I feel sorry for Christian bakers and florists, but that’s a small group of people. I’m less afraid of churches being forced to perform gay weddings than I am of them not having to be forced. The program for the upcoming Synod has just been released. Kasperism is set up as an established consensus of the bishops. The Church will approve adultery by the end of the year. I give it two years after that before the Pope starts performing gay weddings in Saint Peters’. He’ll be one of the last priests to do one. If persecution of congregations comes, it will be to a small remnant of Evangelical and Mormon groups. I’m hoping the persecution comes sooner rather than later, so that Catholicism can have the honor of getting in on it a bit before we cave.
Only two things affect most of us. 1) Being known to disapprove of sodomy will get you fired pretty much anywhere because “hostile work environment”. 2) Gay=good, sex=meaningless is official orthodoxy, so it is taught in schools.
We’ve got no one to be angry at. Most gays would be happy to have us left in peace, but it only takes one couple willing to pretend they want your cake to sic the government on you, and it doesn’t take any gays at all to sic HR on you. Most liberals and atheists would be like to leave us in peace, although they might feel vaguely guilty about their pro-civility unprincipled exceptions. The Social Justice Warriors? They’re just following what they’ve always been told is right and just. No one is abusing liberalism to harass us; the logic of liberalism allows no alternative. We need assume no malice in the establishment–in fact, the argument against liberalism works better if we don’t.
Liberalism means tolerance. Tolerance tolerates everything except intolerance. Because tolerance is liberalism, everything but liberalism is intolerance. Therefore, liberalism must tolerate nothing but itself.
Democracy is justified by principled opposition to hierarchy, that is by liberalism. But if one accepts liberalism, then one must accept liberalism’s answers to all the fundamental political questions. Thus, democracy is vindicated when the public cannot debate or vote on any fundamental issue.
Perhaps this is God’s judgment on Christians for jumping on the anti-racist bandwagon. Liberals are always going on about how we’re just like racists, and we’re always fretting about what it will mean if most people start regarding us that way. We never stopped to wonder if ostracizing people for racism, a sin no Doctor of the Church had ever heard of, was really something we wanted to play along with. It’s true that sodomy and miscegenation are very different things. One can argue against one without arguing against the other. On the other hand, if ancestry doesn’t matter, then why not tinker with an institution designed to assure paternity? If it does matter, then we shouldn’t be so quick to assume that all forms of race-consciousness are bad. Anyway, there’s no point worrying about being lumped with racists. It’s happened. Now is the time to think calmly about how to live with it. In fact, we should be reassured to find that ethnonationalists and identitarians still do exist. This means that survival is possible, at least for a few decades.
Ours is the generation of anonymous blogging. This may even be the golden age of anonymous blogging. I can easily imagine that it won’t last long. If some branch of the establishment decides we’re enough of a nuisance, it could make things much more dangerous for us. Presumably this will eventually happen–the Cathedral can brook no dissent–and we will pass on to the generation of friends meeting privately to talk and complain. No one will know when the golden age of that comes, because each group will be invisible to the others. We might want to get started on this already.
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