Liberty Isn’t Their Concern
Somehow the headline “Voicing their views” feels a bit discordant over an article that includes this detail:
Speakers from the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage seemed startled as they were encircled by counter-protesters who yelled, sang and waved the rainbow flag associated with the gay-pride movement. Then, as some 170 protesters — most wearing red T-shirts — rattled plastic bottles filled with coins as a distraction, the group’s president pointed to their tactics as yet another example of why same-sex marriage should not be legalized.
Two days earlier, the same-sex marriage advocacy group Marriage Equality RI had held its own rally, got its free publicity, and if there was any counter-protesting on the scene, it wasn’t so overt as to be noticed by reporter Randal Edgar. But allowing the opposition that much courtesy is apparently a step too far for SSM activists. For them, those who disagree must be silenced — driven from the public square.
I’d ballpark the likelihood that legalized SSM will satisfy that aggression at zero percent. The next movement to be drowned out and intimidated will be that seeking permission for traditionalists to hold to their views of marriage in their private capacity — in the way they conduct their businesses, associate in groups, and offer their charity.
Not to make too much of a theme of it, but once again, one can observe that the urge to be on “the right side of history” is easily manipulable to put well-intentioned citizens in league with those who would oppress others because they’ve woven a translucent cloak of victimhood from conflicts of the past. That force that we’ve personified as Evil is perfectly happy to switch from oppressing homosexuals to leveraging homosexuals to oppress traditionalists and knock down the social structures that enabled our society to advance to its current state.
(Indeed, a traditionalist, myself, I’m inclined to see that as the intention all along.)