It’s safe to say that the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling has created two disproportionate, but equally vocal sides in the American society. Those who support it are the majority, and are mostly contempt with basking in the satisfaction and occasionally sticking it up to naysayers. Opponents are outnumbered, but most of them are definitely more active than their counterparts: inciting to anarchy and civil disobedience whilst shooting religious freedoms and interpretations of constitutional amendments all over the place.
A particularly extreme category of the latter is making what is probably their most vociferous impact since Y2K fears ended – the doomsayers. Radio preachers, conservative pundits or just devout believers are all yelling the same chorus: that widespread acceptance of gay marriage is one of the triggers of divine retribution and the end of faith. These scare stories have been building up the weeks leading to the ruling with a tone which suggested the possibility averting a global disaster, but in its wake garnered an apocalyptic spin on it.
The Los Angeles Times gives a particularly good recount of the associations and individuals who are using religion to scare the common believer – and at good value, as these extremists don’t bring anything constructive to the debate other than far-fetched assumptions and a bigot perspective more suiting of sixteenth century Salem.
Accuracy in Media columnist Cliff Kincaid is one of them, as he declared that this was similar to a change of political system into what he deems as a “judicial dictatorship”, whose only goal is the protection of a sexual minority which allegedly actively seeks abolition of traditional values.
More on the conspiracy side, radio host Michael Savage somehow compared the US now to the Soviet Union, claiming that homosexuals will rejoice when pastors start being thrown into prison. Of course, while being totally ignorant of the fact that communism for the most part looked down on homosexuality as a threat to the birth rate – and, by extension, to the population numbers, the basis of a communist state.
The justices themselves or liberal politicians unrelated directly to the ruling didn’t escape blame for it. Conservative write John Zmirak put the alleged future destruction of religious institutions on the back of conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had the swing vote in the 5-4 decision, and somehow went from that to imagining a Hillary Clinton administration which would end tax exemptions from churches within its first 100 days.
The hilarious examples go on, but it’s a rather sad affair when you think about it. The role of individuals who hijack religious belief and use it to promote absolutist representations of their views on a matter is no doubt highly nocive, despite it waning slowly in recent times. Especially if we’d like to consider ours a society which values solid argumentation and perspectivism over zealotism and bigotry.
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