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In A Rare And Accidental Move,Erick Erickson @EWErickson Writes Some Truth

June 28, 2013

Equality

I mean, he couched it in big, giant, fear mongering and some hate, but yes, you will be made to care.

His point is “OMG TEH GAY IT IS COMING FOR YOU!” And alright, he’s kind of just being him. His job is to throw fire and scare people and for those who are already going to buy into his opinion, it’s a scary opinion. He does make some very valid, if skewed points.

1. This decision will be used to advance on the states. A muddled equal protection message will be used to force accommodations some are not willing to make and some cannot make because of their religion.

Yep, that’s totally going to happen although the equal protection argument isn’t so much muddled as it is clear and obvious. Seriously dude, it’s in the text.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Reading comprehension, make it happen.

2. The gay rights movement has been very, very successful.

Yeah we really have. We deserved it. Also, you know, the arc of history bends toward justice. Equality? It’s a zero sum thing. Either we are all equal or we are something other than equal. As I’ve said in the past, separate but equal is never equal, it’s only ever separate.

3. But they have failed on the religious front.

Because we haven’t tried very hard and we don’t really care that much. You know why? Religion doesn’t make laws in this nation. That also is part of our founding documents. Once again, that reading comprehension thing matters.

Besides which, there are a lot of churches who embrace equality. We’re fine hanging out with them. Y’all can be hateful all on your own.

4. So the religious front cannot be accommodated. It must be made to yield.

Sure, OK. If you’re me you’re wondering what Mr. Erickson meant by that. Conveniently he sort of tells us.

5. You must either fully embrace it or be shunned. You may think it does not affect your marriage, your life, or anything else, but you will be made to care — you will not be allowed to accept that others can disagree on the issue due to their orthodox faith.

Erm…well yes, we call those consequences.

Let me assure you, hateful right wing mouthpiece, that you still have the right to refuse to act like a rational person or even a decent human being, You can still pretend that homosexual citizens are second class. You just have to embrace the consequences of your hate along with throwing the actual hate.

Action. Equal and opposite reaction. This is not complicated.

I’m going to pause here to let you go back and read that sentence again.

Consequences, you get them. That’s kind of the most basic principle that we teach kids. When you do things that hurt people, they will get upset and not like you anymore. I presume that everyone reading this is above the age wherein that message is news. So, what has you confused?

You will still be allowed to refuse to marry whatever couples you hate in your churches.

You will still have the right to refuse to bake a cake or rent your space to a same gendered couple, assuming your state doesn’t have protections for them.

You will still have the ability to spend your Sunday morning listening to lies and vitriol.

No one is going to stop you from wasting your lives in the futile continence of hate. Hope that works out for you. The only thing that will change is that the government will protect your fellow citizens in exactly the same way it protects you.

Scroll back up and read the text of the Equal Protection Clause again.

THAT’S WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING ALL ALONG!

A lot of people who agree with Mr. Erickson have spent the past day complaining at the fact that they have been called bigots. Pro-tip: if you do not like this characterization, then change your behavior. Until then, take a look in the mirror, you’ll see 1962 looking back at you. Look a little closer and you’ll see 2062 turning its face away in shame.

You have the freedom to express your opinion within reason. You do not have the freedom to express your opinion free from criticism. That criticism is incoming and you’ll deserve it.

Because you look like this

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and it embarrassing. Or at least it should be embarrassed by it.

If you’re not, then carry on and get ready for the consequences.

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