Is Maggie Gallagher losing it? Says Prop 8 decision is a sign of \“Soviet-style\” government takeove
August 04, 2010,
Maggie Gallagher, Chair of the National Organization for Marriage, just put on her Tea Party hat for an op-ed that will be published in the San Francisco Chronicle dead-tree edition on Thursday. And by “Tea Party” hat, I mean the one with the tinfoil on it:
Get a load of this crazy:
If this ruling is upheld, millions of Americans will face for the first time a legal system that is committed to the view that our deeply held moral views on sex and marriage are unacceptable in the public square, the fruit of bigotry that should be discredited, stigmatized and repressed. Parents will find that, almost Soviet-style, their own children will be re-educated using their own tax dollars to disrespect their parents’ views and values.
Those in power will call it tolerance, they will call it pluralism, but in truth same-sex marriage is a government takeover of an institution the government did not make, cannot in justice redefine, and ought to respect and protect as essential to the common good.
Kind of reminds me of some of the “sky is falling” arguments made by segregationists before Loving v. Virginia relegated the racism of interracial marriage bans to the dustbin of history. Of course, not only did that Supreme Court ruling strengthen the institution of marriage — it also codified and validated the relationship of two people who had become the parents of Barack Obama 54 years ago today.
You really should read the rest to understand the mindset of the opposition. It’s mind-blowing paranoia.
Or, to put the tinfoil hat on for a moment, perhaps there’s another way to think about Maggie’s message. It might just be a dog-whistle to the religious right three months before the November election.
Share your thoughts in the comments.
UPDATE BY EDEN: You know, I was so dazzled by Maggie’s “Red Dawn” rhetoric about our nation’s lurch into Soviet-style government that I completely missed this rant against Marxist revolutionaries Ted Olson and David Boies:
“The Proposition 8 case on which the Ninth Circuit’s Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday was pushed by two straight guys with a hunger for media attention, lawyers with huge egos who overrode the considered judgment of major figures in the gay legal establishment, thinkers who feared exactly what we anticipate: the Supreme Court will uphold Prop. 8 and the core civil rights of Californians and all Americans to vote for marriage as one man and one woman.”
Methinks Maggie might be projecting a bit, no?
What did I mean by “Red Dawn” rhetoric? Oh, how do I love YouTube: