Here’s What Happens When It’s Okay To Punish People’s Beliefs
April 7, 2015 5 Comments
Rick Wilson wrote an article the other day on The Federalist that caught my attention, and deserves yours, as well.
I try to stay off Twitter on April first. The jokes are rarely as good as their authors think, which is why the Internet Rage Machine attack unleashed on the Memories Pizza parlor in Indiana couldn’t have happened on a worse day. This had to be a joke, right?
Sadly, it wasn’t. It was a custom-made moral panic story perfectly tuned to stroke the egos and ideological erogenous zones of Washington and New York’s media classes. It was a perfect opportunity to play their Red State Haters narrative at full volume. Of course, we’re locked in the Stupid Spiral now, talking about this instead of the news of a Democratic U.S. senator being indicted for corruption or of Hillary Clinton destroying evidence under subpoena, or of Barack Obama willing to sell his soul for a bad nuclear deal with a gleeful Iran.
Custom made is one of the operative phrases here. The situation that the owner was asked about had never happened, and likely never would have. Long ago when I lived in Indiana, I spent a certain amount of time in Walkerton. It was another small town much like millions of others scattered across the heartland of America, quiet, unassuming, a great place to live and raise a family, mostly Christians, more or less. In fact, it could just as well been the town in Nebraska I live in now.
And so this little girl reporter from the ‘big city’ (if South Bend counts) strolls into a pizzeria and asked a stupid question. Not least is it stupid because how many wedding receptions, of any kind, are held at a pizzeria, anyway? The owner, likely an open and forthright Christian man said he’d likely have a problem with a gay wedding reception. Well, I don’t have much trouble seeing his point, and it’s not even necessarily about SSM, either.
I doubt there is a business in America that hasn’t turned away business for one reason or another. I surely have, for me it’s often that I don’t have time for your silly requirements, or you can’t understand why I won’t violate code, or I simply don’t think you’ll pay. Usually I’ll simply say I’m too busy and let it go. I need customers but I don’t need any given customer, and life too short to knowingly take on trouble that you can avoid. And getting in the middle of SSM for no good reason is nothing but trouble.
And so, back to Rick:
As with immigration, race, abortion, guns, income inequality, and a host of other topics, I’m reminded that gay marriage and religious liberty questions will never be resolved in the eyes of liberals. A large segment of the Left wants their vote-driver issues to never, ever be in the rear-view. There is no shining city ahead for them, just an endless arena of raw, almost inchoate rage and complaint. Their entire model is predicated on the creation and maintenance of grievance demographics, and the latest flavor is the hypothetical oppression of gay couples in contrived scenarios in tiny Indiana pizza shops. Oh, this one will fade soon, but the sense that these fights are getting louder, and uglier, is troubling.
And that’s a goodly portion of the trouble, isn’t it? It’s become an endless skirmish, they can’t be satisfied. In truth, they don’t give a damn, it’s simply a means to get votes, and the devil take the hindmost. They can’t really be against anything because they’re not for anything really, except being in power, and that ain’t a noble cause.
In the government/civil area, I personally have little problem with SSM, I simply don’t believe it’s any of the government’s business. As a Christian, it does rather strongly conflict with my beliefs but that doesn’t give me the right to impose my beliefs on others, nor does it give them the right to impose their’s on me, or for that matter my church.
But in a very real way, that’s all prologue:
At some point, the social-justice warrior crowd is going to incite their people into something more than Ferguson or Occupy or Internet harassment. At some point, their fanatic desire to erase God from the hearts and minds and actions of red America will cross a threshold. Someday, in some town, a Christian shopkeeper who becomes the focus of the 4chan or Reddit Rage Machine will be killed by some militant atheist or black bloc kid or some other flavor of crazy. That day, their rage won’t come from the click of a mouse, but from the barrel of a gun.
And that is the day that America as we knew her ends. Because while the left continues to think it’s all about votes and elections and power, for much of the Red States it’s not. It’s about freedom and liberty and the rights of the individual, and what our forefathers built. It’s the closest thing to an established religion there is in America, and if that line is crossed, all those hundreds of millions of weapons come out, and the argument is over, and the war is on.
The funny thing is that while the left doesn’t know it, it’s the same war that the Barons fought at Runnymede 800 years ago this month, it’s the same war as the English Civil War, it’s the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution and it’s the American Civil War. It’s the war of the people against the government and its prerogative power. And it’s also the war between good and evil, and the people who recognize the difference and the time servers who ‘go along to get along’. It’ll be terrible because many of us know that anything worth living for is also worth dying for.
And the king with all of his horses and all of his men doesn’t have a chance but, America will for a time become a bloody shambles, and so will the world, because without American leadership it’ll all stop.
Long ago Thomas Jefferson said:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
He also said this:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
One prays that time has not come again but, if it has, it has.
None of this is inevitable or likely even probable. But I think the left has become like children playing with matches in the powder magazine, and it is worrying.
What must be done will be done.