TSW #33

Robert Knight, Washington Times, May 11:

Mr. Obama is asking us to put into law a requirement for us to recognize as a marriage something that is not a marriage. When you do that, you create the sinews of tyranny, which stretch out to strangle freedom of speech, freedom of association and, eventually, freedom of religion. The virtue of tolerance is strangled, too, morphing into the vice of mandatory celebration.

With this wicked move, Mr. Obama is insisting that we bow down and worship the false idol of sexual anarchy. That’s what his wealthy supporters in Hollywood demand. On Thursday, they ponied up a reported $15 million to his campaign at George Clooney’s pool party. When you accord more respect to liberal film stars and gay billionaires than you do to the Creator of the universe, you’re not leaving much doubt about what you really worship.

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If there’s one issue guaranteed to drive the far right into paroxysms of hyperbole, hysteria and histrionics, it’s marriage equality. It’s instructive to compare Knight’s spittle-flecked claim that the President “is insisting that we bow down and worship the false idol of sexual anarchy” to what the President actually said:

“… at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

Sinews of tyranny, indeed. On a side note, I don’t know, any more than I suspect Knight does, what “the false idol of sexual anarchy” is supposed to mean, but it does conjure up some heady memories of my university days.

The sort of lunatic rant Knight delivers himself of became a growth industry following the 2008 election. While I remember shaking my head in wonder over accusations that the Clintons murdered Vince Foster, those days seem a little quaint in retrospect, a kinder, gentler calumny than the apocalyptic bleating provoked now by every single word the President utters. The Clintons were simply villains to the right; Barack Obama, by contrast, is “the Other” – equal parts European socialist, radical Muslim, Chicago thug, ephemeral celebrity, shiftless rookie and Machiavellian tyrant. Oh, and he hangs out at George Clooney’s pool.

As disgusting as Knight’s vomitous little screed might be, it’s equaled or surpassed by one that the Times ran just the day before by Jeffrey T. Kuhner, a textbook “Obama as Other” philippic:

It is his latest onslaught on traditional America. Mr. Obama has made history. He is our first commander in chief to openly embrace legalizing homosexual and lesbian unions. He has crossed a cultural watershed, paving the way for the eventual triumph of the homosexual agenda. Rather than being a victory for “civil rights” or “marital equality,” Mr. Obama’s decision puts America on the path to moral disintegration.

Predictably, Kuhner trots out a miserably inaccurate historical overview of marriage to bolster his argument:

… marriage is the basic institution of society. For thousands of years in the West, it has had a privileged role. Marriage solidifies the bonds between a man and a woman, laying the foundation for raising children in stable families. It is the glue that binds a functioning, viable social order. Marriage is the natural unit that enables society to perpetuate itself from one generation to the next. This is not hate; it’s common sense.

Well, it’s common something, certainly. All too common. But that’s only the windup; Kuhner then brings his fastball, high and inside:

Homosexual behavior, especially sodomy, is unnatural and immoral. It is absurd, bordering on social madness, to elevate gay and lesbian relationships to the sanctified status of marriage – a form of moral anarchy characterized by radical individualism, hedonism and sexual liberation…

For decades, liberals – aided and abetted by the popular culture – have been bringing homosexuality into the mainstream. It is slowly being promoted in public schools and constantly being glamorized in television shows and movies. The more the homosexual agenda is spread, the more militant its advocates become. They no longer want toleration. They seek full social acceptance.

And what then? When or if this terrifying dystopia of “full social acceptance” is attained, will these godless gays and their leftist heterosexual lackeys at last be sated, or could they have something even more evil in mind?

Once marriage falls, only one institution will be left standing in their way: traditional Christianity. The ultimate aim of the radical left has been to destroy religion – especially Western Christendom. Once a religion dies, so does the culture and civilization it spawned. America is at a crossroads, enmeshed in a cultural war with homosexual advocates like Mr. Obama who are determined to strike at the very nexus of our civilization.

Once again, let’s return to what the President actually said:

“… at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

The real war in America is not a cultural one, as Kuhner would have it. It’s not even a war between liberalism and conservatism, as many of us on the left believe. It’s a war between the brilliant legacy of the Enlightenment and a raddled mob in thrall to their own fear, ignorance and hate. It’s a war that we cannot afford to let the mob win.