Thanks to Charles Pierce for calling our attention to Ross Douthat’s latest column, which offers a near perfect distillation of the inexhaustible persecution complex that drives right wing thinking. Douthat, responding to the DOMA decision, worries that, now that teh gays can be legally wed, it will soon be socially unacceptable (or perhaps even illegal) to get opposite married.
Unless something dramatic changes in the drift of public opinion, the future of religious liberty on these issues is going to depend in part on the magnanimity of gay marriage supporters — the extent to which they are content with political, legal and cultural victories that leave the traditional view of marriage as a minority perspective with some modest purchase in civil society, versus the extent to which they decide to use every possible lever to make traditionalism as radioactive in the America of 2025 as white supremacism or anti-Semitism are today.
Let’s just let that sink in.
Douthat worries that, within 12 years, the “traditional view of marriage” (i.e., heterosexual marriage within a religious tradition) will be relegated to “a minority perspective with some modest purchase in civil society,” and that only at the behest of “gay marriage supporters.”
So he’s afraid that the MAJORITY will bully and marginalize and disenfranchise the MINORITY? He’s afraid that this bullied minority would need to go into hiding, to live shadow lives outside the mainstream? Maybe he’s afraid that the MAJORITY would rewrite its own most sacred texts in order to give its prejudice a divine justification? Now where would he ever get that idea?