Thursday, May 14, 2015

Big Cash In Bed With Big Gay

You might think that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act was rolled back by enraged squadrons of oppressed interior designers and hairdressers. Try adding Corporate America to the equation.

Here's Patrick Deneen, writing for First Things:

"This past spring, we saw something quite different and revealing and worrying. With the imprimatur of American elites, which was clearly given in the furor over Indiana’s RFRA, religiously based opposition to gay marriage is now more than ever likely to be treated by our society as tantamount to a hate crime. This elite-sanctioned attack on “bigotry” will not stop at Memories Pizza. It will be extended first to religious nonprofit institutions that insist upon the view that marriage is between a man and a woman—the schools, the colleges, the adoption services—and then will reach inevitably into the sanctuaries of the churches ­themselves. The narrative of bigotry will demand nothing less, and the protection that might have been afforded by RFRA and the First Amendment has been shown to be a parchment barrier in comparison with the might and power of cultural and financial elites."

Big Cash in bed with Big Gay? Better believe it. You can read the whole thing here.

Have a blessed Feast of the Ascension.



LL said...

There will come a tipping point and saner heads will prevail...I hope.

XS3mdrvr said...

I never expected in my wildest dreams to see the days when so many would sacrifice their opportunity for Eternal joy and peace for the behavior that is currently called "enlightenment", coupled with the mad rush of so many to aid and abet them therein. Furthermore, their vengeful, vile , and vitriolic attacks upon those who know better and refuse to join them therein, only
further impedes their access to joy and peace. I see nothing to like down that road.

LL said...

Kipling, City of Brass

...They said: “Who has hate in his soul? Who has envied his neighbour?
Let him arise and control both that man and his labour.”
They said: “Who is eaten by sloth? Whose unthrift has destroyed him?
He shall levy a tribute from all because none have employed him.”
They said: “Who hath toiled, who hath striven, and gathered possession?
Let him be spoiled. He hath given full proof of transgression.”
They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it.
If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it!
So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him,
The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him.

As for their kinsmen far off, on the skirts of the nation,
They harried all earth to make sure none escaped reprobation.
They awakened unrest for a jest in their newly-won borders,
And jeered at the blood of their brethren betrayed by their orders.
They instructed the ruled to rebel, their rulers to aid them;
And, since such as obeyed them not fell, their Viceroys obeyed them.
When the riotous set them at naught they said: “Praise the upheaval!
For the show and the world and the thought of Dominion is evil!”
They unwound and flung from them with rage, as a rag that defied them,
The imperial gains of the age which their forefathers piled them.
They ran panting in haste to lay waste and embitter for ever
The wellsprings of Wisdom and Strengths which are Faith and Endeavour.
They nosed out and digged up and dragged forth and exposed to derision
All doctrine of purpose and worth and restraint and prevision:

And it ceased, and God granted them all things for which they had striven,
And the heart of a beast in the place of a man’s heart was given. . . .

LSP said...

I hope so too, LL. Nice bit of Kipling.

LSP said...

I don't either, XS3.