The phrase ‘must read’ gets thrown around so easily these days, but Neil Steinberg’s column (Anti-gay bias loses its legal whip) in the Chicago Sun-Times fits the bill by any definition. From his vantage point as a heterosexual Jew, Steinberg addresses the bewilderment being expressed by fundamentalist Christians that their arcane religious practices are no longer ensconced as law. He refers to it as their ‘cheeseburger moment.’
How can McDonald’s sell cheeseburgers, even though they’re banned in the Bible, which is fairly clear about not mixing milk and meat?
Not a toughie. Answer: Because the laws of kosher don’t matter to anyone but observant Jews. There is no health reason why you shouldn’t mix milk and meat. Jewish dietary law has no bearing on secular law. Jews, a scant minority, are uninterested in trying to force their arcane practices upon non-believers (except in parts of Israel where, alas, emboldened by numbers, observant Jews seem determined to show they can be just as bullying as any other faith).
Anti-gay Christians are now approaching their cheeseburger moment — welcome, welcome — after the Supreme Court has tossed out much of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. The legal whip drops from the fundamentalist hand, which strikes them as oppression, forgetting they can still practice whatever private dogma they like regarding gays — never marry their own gender, disown their own gay children — but gay marriage is going up on the menu in more and more states. Society is marching — running, really — off without them, into a future of gay folk living openly without fear.
It hurts, bubbie, I know. Here’s a Kleenex.
And on that note, here’s the latest Tom Tomorrow.