Campaign against religious freedom: Orwellian? Demonic? Both?

A “secular Inquisition” takes up arms.

Mocking freedom of religion, to weaken your commitment to it. (Image: 21alive Indianapolis)
Mocking freedom of religion, to weaken your commitment to it. (Image: 21alive Indianapolis)

A campaign against religious freedom – the central purpose for which America came into being – had been underway for some time before the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, on 26 June.  But the campaign went into overdrive with the news of that ruling, and it’s becoming increasingly furious and determined.

The principal method of the anti-freedom campaign is owning the terms in which it is discussed.  The anti-freedom contingent insists, in essence, that what traditionalist Christians want is not legitimate freedom, but a license to hurt people.

Fascist collectivism always makes its arguments in these terms, and the campaign against religious freedom is no different.  It picks a specific demographic target and vilifies the members of it, based on a garbled and inverted premise about social harm.

The effect is devious, but inevitable.  There are actually plenty of people other than traditionalist Christians who don’t buy into every goal of the radical “gay rights” movement, which is now bearing down on things like “work place equality” for transgender and cross-dressing individuals; a push that is bound to become controversial in – just for starters – the public schools.  Millions of parents who’ve never been traditionalist Christians will reject the idea that their 6- and 8-year-old children should have to be in classrooms with cross-dressing teachers, or teachers in various states of “gender fluidity.”

But those same parents have stood aside as the path was laid out for the “equality” push – because, after all, they aren’t the despised “Christians” who want to treat people unequally.  Those recalcitrant Christians are someone else, and their religious freedom is just an excuse to hurt people’s feelings.

Dividing the people up for selective vilification is a classic approach of fascist demagoguery.

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