Today is one of those days that I feel like I should have a really profound blog post. Then I read a bunch of other people’s blogs and wonder if I should just do a giant link-up. Is there anything new to say?
Part of me is just scared that if I even mention the issue on this blog I’ll be hammered with hate speech in the comments. As we’ve seen, nothing is more intolerant than “tolerance.”
But I’m wading in a little bit anyway.
Could things have gone worse this morning? Yes. Is there some hope? Sure. (There’s always hope…right?)
But do I think things look pretty grim? Yes. Read Kennedy’s language carefully. It will have serious repercussions.
As Justice Scalia said in his dissent in United States v. Windsor, “It takes real cheek for today’s majority to assure us, as it is going out the door, that a constitutional requirement to give formal recognition to same-sex marriage is not at issue here—when what has preceded that assurance is a lecture on how superior the majority’s moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress’s hateful moral judgment against it. I promise you this: The only thing that will ‘confine’ the Court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.”
I think we have some interesting days ahead, and I think you’re kidding yourself if you’re thinking, “Yeah, but it won’t directly affect me.”
But what I think concerns me even more than what happened this morning is what didn’t happen this morning.
Millions of people in this country went along with their day and didn’t even know what happened. They didn’t even care. That’s scary to me. I’m not expecting everyone to be glued to their computer screen waiting the decision to appear, but this was a turning point for our culture and the future of our society. And people are clueless.
I’m sick of complacency. WAKE UP, PEOPLE.
Eve is in the Garden. Adam is beside her. The devil is telling her that freedom is doing whatever the hell she wants it to do. And instead of saying, “No, actually, that’s Hell,” Adam is ignoring the whole exchange.
The devil is telling Eve that making it illegal to kill babies after they’re 20-weeks old is “anti-woman.” He’s telling her that passing a law so that abortion clinics need to have the same health standards as surgical centers (because last time I checked, that’s what pro-abortion advocates say happen there — “safe surgical procedures”) is “bad healthcare.”
And all Adam does is tweet his support for Eve and then pats himself on the back for being pro-woman.
We’re in the garden with the serpent. He’s lying. We’re buying it.
And no one seems to care.
Wake up, America. Last night was not about women or democracy or healthcare. This morning was not about equality. It was not about love.
“In the majority’s telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated.” (Scalia)
Perhaps it is fitting that this all happened on the feast of St Josemaria Escriva. Living at a time when the Catholic Church was under attack for Her beliefs and practices, he noted, “It is surprising how often, even in the name of freedom, many people fear and oppose Catholics being simply good Catholics.”
This morning wasn’t about the Catholic Church. It was about natural law, the fundamental unit of society, and the future of this country. But because our Church upholds natural law, we will be persecuted. I would say “and this is just the beginning” … but it’s not. It’s been happening for awhile in this country.
And it’s time to wake up.
(If you are desirous to read what real people are saying: “Worse Than it Sounds” “Why I’m Scared” “Marriage is Dead” … If you need less gloom and doom: “DOMA, Prop 8 Could Have Been Worse” and there’s always good stuff to be said by Archbishop Chaput)