Dateline: Los Angeles. I’ve been hacking away at work, but surprisingly there’s been some sort of roiling controversy elsewhere. I just read Kevin Williamson’s “The War on the Private Mind.”
There are three problems with rewarding those who use accusations of bigotry as a political cudgel. First, those who seek to protect religious liberties are not bigots, and going along with false accusations that they are makes one a party to a lie.
That sounds plenty First-Amendment-fierce and everything but then I see…
…the lobbyists who pushed hardest for last year’s gay marriage ban — Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana, Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute and Eric Miller of Advance America — were among the 70 to 80 guests invited to the private bill signing.
…the bigots in their full dress unis. No, you can’t take that away from me. And doesn’t a “private bill signing” send the wrong message to the country? Let’s see the American Family Association stand shoulder to shoulder with the Governor and make their case for conditional brotherhood and Christian apartheid. If we’ve been gagging their Free Speech, let’s hear it. Instead, the Governor has given us only paltry press coverage and puny explanations. I think an issue this close to his heart deserves better.
Second, it is an excellent way to lose political contests, since there is almost nothing — up to and including requiring algebra classes — that the Left will not denounce as bigotry.
Ronald Reagan famously denounced the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King as a communist. Which is why Kevin will agree that St. Ronnie spouted even more fantastic lies about the Soviet Union.
Third, and related, it encourages those who cynically deploy accusations of bigotry for their own political ends.
Just forget that you’re reading the National Review – IF YOU AGREE WITH LIBERALS YOU’VE GONE POLITICAL. And please take it for granted that evangelical Christianity is a fundament of life, like cool water, or fresh oxygen. A staple of American vitality, like Geritol, or capital punishment.