Monday, April 08, 2013
Mark Steyn comments on the high degree of intolerance of genuine debate evident
once again among self-described "multiculturalist" leftists, this time
regarding the possible outcome of the Supreme Court's deliberations over
California's Proposition 8.
There is a real chance that the ruling could legalize gay marriage. Assuming that such a decision were made for the right reasons, I think this would be a very good thing and would applaud such a ruling. Saying that would not save me -- and probably invites -- vitriol from such quarters, as Steyn makes clear:
I can see why gays might dislike Scalia's tone, or be hurt by Irons' "lack of strong feelings." But the alternative -- that there is only one approved tone, that one must fake strong feelings -- is creepy and totalitarian and deeply threatening to any healthy society. Irons is learning, as Carrie Prejean learned a while back, that "liberals" aren't interested in your opinion, or even your sincere support, but only that you understand that there's one single, acceptable answer. We don't teach kids to memorize historic dates or great poetry any more, but we do insist they memorize correct attitudes and regurgitate them correctly when required to do so in public. [bold added]Over the years, I have learned to watch my back -- but not take it personally or regard it as serious criticism -- when someone outs himself in such a way as an anti-intellectual bigot. That doesn't mean I am unaffected: The real loser from the phenomenon that Steyn describes is any truly just cause that somehow finds itself being "promoted" with such "support". That saddens me. Here, something I do not discuss often, but care deeply about, is being discredited and trivialized.
Americans should support gay marriage because they understand its relationship to their own freedom and, in turn, their own well-being -- not simply because it's what they are told to do.