I’m always fascinated by how people can convince themselves that if it’s their ox getting gored it’s a civil rights catastrophe, but when it’s the other guy’s tuchus getting kicked he’s overreacting.
Case in point: the birth control mandate. A few weeks ago I wrote about how forcing a religious organization to subsidize activities and products that undermined its core beliefs violated the Free Exercise Clause (even though some federal judges hadn’t yet figured that out....more on this next week)
And I do not invoke the name of John Brown idly. While Brown was indeed a fanatic, his passion was aimed at what posterity has come to consider a worthy goal: the end of slavery. While his methods were suspect, his purpose was noble. Many of us in the pro-life movement feel that abortion is akin to slavery, and many of those who oppose same-sex marriage do so not because they hate gay people but because they believe marriage is a social institution that should not be subject to the evolving whims of an ever-more-fickle society.
It is the easy thing to look at two people who love each other and say “oh c’mon, let them be happy, why dontcha?” It is much more difficult to withstand the jeers of “bigot” and “idiot” and point out why justice does not demand an upending of centuries of tradition. The mere fact that someone wants something does not mean that society in general or the government in particular should give it to him. Just because a Georgetown law student wants Catholic strangers to pay for her Saturday night protection does not mean that it’s a done deal, especially when there’s a whole darn Amendment that says otherwise.