By Alec Rooney
The June 26 Supreme Court ruling is being hailed as a victory for inclusivity, tolerance and love.
It is also being described as a long-sought destination — a place where the soldiers of “marriage equality” could rest and savor their hard-won gold star of normalcy.
It is already proving to be neither of these things. The soldiers aren’t resting. They’re reaching for more. Not more equality and normality, mind you, but more destruction and desecration of cultural institutions they blame for their unhappiness.
The U.S. military is an enormous cultural institution that has been under relentless attack recently, and now the gay marriage ruling has spurred at least one angry-sounding fellow, Mikey Weinstein of the oddly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation, to demand the sacking of any military chaplain who does not embrace gay marriage.
Yes, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants to ostracize people … over their freely held religious beliefs.
Using inclusive language like “cretinous sentinels of vile prejudice,” “intolerant filth,” “pernicious bigots” and “bitterly hateful homophobic extremists,” a statement on the group’s website calls for chaplains who stand firm for real (that is, traditional) marriage to “fold up their uniforms, turn in their papers, and get the hell out of the American military chaplaincy.”
It's like the Supreme Court ruling just made him even angrier.
Moving right along, a Democratic lawmaker in California has, since the June 26 decision, introduced legislation to remove the words “husband” and “wife” from federal laws pertaining to marriage, replacing them with “spouse” and/or “married person.”
Wait a second. Wasn’t the establishment of gay marriage going to have no effect on the institution of traditional marriage? Yet here is traditional marriage being laid out on the operating table for redefinition already. Did you always take for granted that marriage is a bridge between the genders, spanning the chasm between male and female for the betterment of future generations? Your federal government could soon disagree, on the implicit (and harebrained) assumption that there is no significant difference between males and females. Because that is what the same-sex marriage decision implies.
Speaking of the differences between males and females, another recent story trumpets the decision by the University of Oklahoma to create a special study lounge for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered-questioning students, so that they might meet and study in a place free of any social pressure to confront biological reality.
Yes, they will be segregated … in the name of inclusivity.
Really, University of Oklahoma?
Finally, back to the armed forces for a late-breaking item. Word has come across my desk that the Pentagon is finalizing plans to lift its ban on transgendered people in the military. That certainly did not take long. Granted, this is probably only a way to get taxpayer money flowing into sex-change operations, but try to imagine the effect on morale and fighting ability as military units turn by federal mandate into The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
So it’s not over. There will be no handshake and cessation of hostilities. Things will not “go back to normal” now that the Supreme Court ruling has come down. This is only the beginning. Can you feel the tolerance? Can you feel the love?
Alec Rooney serves as communications director for the Christian Action Network. He is a longtime journalist, with experience as a writer and editor at five daily newspapers over 25 years. An award-winning print copy editor and copy desk chief, he also works as a freelance academic book editor. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.