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Horowitz: Elevating homosexuality to a national religion

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Allah forbid that Republicans would ever stand for biblical values. But are they still so dense as not to realize where the effort to redefine marriage – only for one type of sexual behavior – came from and where it is headed? Indeed, this was never about “marriage equality,” but about codifying homosexuality as a national religion in order to uproot all social norms and family structure and trample all other rights at its expense.

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that not only repeals the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but also bans states from defining marriage as it always has been since the dawn of civilization. Along with every Democrat, 47 Republicans supported the bill. But more telling, GOP leaders refused to whip against it, and even most of those who spoke out against the bill referred to it more as a distraction or claimed the Democrat assertion that the Supreme Court could overturn Obergefell is unfounded. In fact, with ubiquitous redefining of gender and endless child grooming, now is precisely the time they should have defended something “deeply rooted in history and tradition” and the need to reverse Obergefell.

Those “moderate” Republicans who are fine with banning the basic definition of marriage and who thought redefining marriage through the courts would never lead to transgender grooming are deluding themselves. While intellectually, one could obviously support one without the other, practically and politically it was always headed in this direction, for a very simple reason. Regardless of one's values, we cannot forget that gay marriage was never about rights and equality. Same-sex lovers, like anyone else who engages in a form of intimate relations deemed sinful (or otherwise) by the Bible, were fully able, before Obergefell, to indulge their desires unimpeded by government. So what problem were they trying to rectify, if not societal transformation and conformity to their broader cause of decivilization and cultural Marxism?

In fact, for decades before Obergefell, homosexuality was promoted by every cultural elite institution. In 1996, Justice Scalia, in his famous Romer v. Evans dissent, noted how in vogue homosexuality was to the legal profession:

How that class feels about homosexuality will be evident to anyone who wishes to interview job applicants at virtually any of the Nation’s law schools. The interviewer may refuse to offer a job because the applicant is a Republican; because he is an adulterer; because he went to the wrong prep school or belongs to the wrong country club; because he eats snails; because he is a womanizer; because she wears real-animal fur; or even because he hates the Chicago Cubs. But if the interviewer should wish not to be an associate or partner of an applicant because he disapproves of the applicant’s homosexuality, then he will have violated the pledge which the Association of American Law Schools requires all its member schools to exact from job interviewers: “assurance of the employer’s willingness” to hire homosexuals.

Fast-forward to 2015 and the Obergefell decision, and the pendulum had already swung so much in favor of homosexuality over religious liberty that it was religious business owners and institutions who were being persecuted for wanting to abide by their religion – deeply rooted in our history and tradition – with their own property. There was no need for special protections for same-sex relationships, which is exactly what they were asking for by redefining a basic institution in order to accommodate a behavior that was in vogue.

Just how insidious was the Obergefell decision? Just two years before, in Windsor v. U.S., Justice Kennedy made it clear that the federal government has no role in marriage and that it is left to the states to regulate. “By history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage, as will be discussed in more detail, has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States,” wrote the justice in asserting that the federal government could not define the parameters of marriage, even exclusively for federal benefits. Then two years later, he ruled that even states cannot define marriage as a marriage for themselves. Now Congress wants to codify that ban on states in statute, something DOMA never did to blue states even in its full glory. Indeed, a number of these states recognized gay marriage under its operation. But it was a slow yet unrelenting subterfuge to gradually turn the homosexual marriage agenda from a lamb to a lion, from a shield to a sword.

The question they could never answer, though, is this: If this was all about equality and protection of rights, how is it justified to redefine marriage for two same-sex individuals but not for other relationships? If marriage is no longer limited to one man and one woman, why should it not include polyamory, polygamy, and incestuous relationships? Yet bizarrely, the House bill notes that marriage licenses must be issued to any “2” individuals.

Why two? What happened to the right to love for three people?

In fact, there are three reasons why the aforementioned relationships should have a stronger case in their quest for marriage recognition than same-sex lovers. First, from a natural-law perspective, polygamist, polyamorist, and incestuous marriages can result in procreation, which is what has always distinguished the institution of marriage from other relationships, including loving relationships. And in the case of polygamy, it is certainly more rooted in history than homosexual marriages. While marriage encompasses a lot more than simply having children, procreation has been the hallmark of the institution since its inception, because civilization could not perpetuate itself without it. That is the defining characteristic differentiating a marriage from any other friendship or relationship.

Moreover, so much of Kennedy’s Obergefell opinion was rooted in his fabrication of new constitutional rights – namely, the right to “dignity,” “nobility,” protection against stigmas, and the right to “define and express their identity.” If Kennedy and his disciples, in both political parties today, believe it is their responsibility and prerogative to bestow those new post-constitutional rights upon perhaps the most powerful and trendy class of people in the country, how much more so for a group that is still scorned, stigmatized, and denied their dignity to express their identity? Homosexual marriage is in vogue and glorified by Hollywood, whereas these other relationships are still heavily stigmatized. Don’t they need an even greater degree of protection? Where is their “right to love” if love and equality now encompass redefining fixed institutions, their legal parameters, their technical definitions, and the unambiguous constitutional authority behind their oversight?

The only way to answer these questions is to suggest that homosexuality is so cool that it was able to trump all legal definitions, social norms, and even religious liberty rights of business owners simply because it’s popular. As Chief Justice Roberts noted in his dissent, Kennedy’s insertion of the adjective “two” into his edict redefining marriage as between any two individuals of the same or opposite sex makes it clear that personal social preference now trumps legal consistency.

“Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective “two” in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not,” wrote the chief justice in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world. If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one.”

At the time, one could forgive Republicans for thinking, “Yes, just give them their papers and be done with it.” But again, this was never about “live and let live.” Never before were basic legal definitions, natural law, and – in the case of Christian bakers – long-standing religious liberty rights trampled in order to accommodate a sexual trend, whether cool or not. In fact, the redefinition of marriage – but only in a very specific culture – was always about grooming a population into submitting to every aspect of that culture, be it adoption into family units without a mother and father, transgenderism, drag queen story hour, and yes, the coming pedophilia trend.

Which raises the question: At what point does homosexuality qualify as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment on account of establishing a national religion?

During the House floor debate over the First Amendment on August 20, 1789, James Madison explained the purpose of the Establishment Clause as follows: “Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience” (emphasis added).

If Madison’s primary concern was to ensure that Congress does not compel individuals by the force of law to service a particular religion (as opposed to the innocuous display of religious symbols or public prayer), what would he say about an unelected branch of government compelling individuals to serve paganism in any manner contrary to their conscience? To that end, why won’t Republicans at least demand full religious liberty protections for religious groups and businesses before mandating gay marriage on the states?

Just how sacred is homosexuality in this country? Consider the fact that we were told that out of concern for infectious diseases, the laws of quarantine and social distancing trump all human rights, including the right to worship, open a business, or breathe feely without a mask – regardless of whether you have risk factors, are already immune, or have prima facie symptoms. This was for a respiratory virus that was quite clearly not quarantinable from day one.

Fast-forward to monkeypox, which is the ultimate quarantinable virus. It only spreads by close contact and is almost exclusively associated with homosexual behavior at public bars and other similar venues. 98% of the males outside Africa who have contracted the virus have had intercourse with other men. So much so that the D.C. government is handing out vaccines exclusively to homosexuals.

Now, any epidemiologist would agree that, unlike with COVID, if you simply close the gay bars and houses of orgy for 15 days to flatten the curve, the virus would essentially die out. No need to shut them down for two years, just for two weeks. Yet not only is this untouchable, but the CDC is putting out a guide as to how to engage in gay sex. The WHO would rather declare a global emergency than simply tell people to lay low on the sodomy with random people for a few weeks.

Throughout last week, journalists were noting with shock and surprise how prominent liberal politicians voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, including Joe Biden himself. As if to say, “Wow, look how radical they were back then.” But in fact it demonstrates how radical all of us have become and how quickly the Overton window has shifted. One need not be a frothing-at-the-mouth anti-homosexual to appreciate that you simply don’t change the definition of an obvious institution the same way you wouldn’t do so to accommodate other intimate relationships that might truly involve sincerely held love.

The complete abandonment of basic common sense by both parties has led to the elevation of homosexuality itself as a supremely unequal “right” that is preeminent and trumps all other rights, including personal property and conscience rights. Theoretically, the redefinition of marriage to accommodate homosexuality didn’t need to lead to the trampling of religious liberty rights. But practically, it was inevitable, because it was never about a piece of paper. It was about a piece of your soul. And they will continue to fill up the alphabet with their licentious acronyms until they have it.
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