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You Will Be Made to Celebrate

Celebrate

In March 2013, nearly a decade ago, in this space, I made a prediction.

“Within the next few months,” I wrote, “Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely rule that same-sex marriage is mandated by the Constitution of the United States… states will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages; same-sex marriage will enter the public-school lexicon; religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status. Religious Americans will be forced into violating their beliefs or facing legal consequences by the government.”

Welp.

This month, the Congress is poised to pass a bill that would sanctify same-sex marriage; that same bill essentially argues that opposing same-sex marriage is akin to opposing interracial marriage, an act of bigotry. It provides no explicit bar on removal of tax-exempt status from religious institutions; it does not protect religious individuals in their daily lives.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court considers whether to force a religious web designer to make a website celebrating a same-sex marriage. Several of the more conservative justices seek to draw a line between anti-discrimination law — laws on the state and federal level preventing “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation” — and religious freedom. They do so by creating distinctions on the basis of expressive behavior (say, artistic expression in making a website) versus simple services provision (say, running a restaurant); they do so by distinguishing between services that require a message (say, baking a wedding cake) and serving gay couples without any message attached.

All of this legal hairsplitting is being done in an attempt to craft a form of the so-called Utah Compromise. That compromise put in place an anti-discrimination law with specific religious exemptions. But the Utah Compromise creates two additional problems: first, it stigmatizes belief in traditional marriage as a sort of vestige of religious bigotry we allow out of an outdated sympathy for the antiquated Bible-believers; second, it does not extend the rights of religious people outside of religious institutions. And, as it turns out, most religious people spend most of their time outside of religious institutions.

None of this would be necessary had we not undergone a complete transformation of the constitutional order over the past few decades. The Constitution of the United States provides zero power to the federal government to violate freedom of speech or association or religion. But, as Christopher Caldwell has pointed out in “The Age of Entitlement,” the Civil Rights Act created a “rival Constitution” dedicated to violating those freedoms in the name of anti-discrimination. One can agree that racial bigotry is evil while still recognizing that the intrusion of the CRA into private behavior — not merely in ending state-sponsored discrimination, which was necessary and appropriate — amounts of a massive expansion of federal power in violation of the Constitution.

The legal obliteration of the distinction between governmental and private activity was only one prong of the new societal remolding. The second was the philosophical obliteration of the distinction between immutable characteristics and behavior. The case can easily be made morally that people ought not be victims of discrimination based on their immutable characteristics, like race; rejecting moral disapproval of particular behavior, however, means destroying the basis for any moral system. Yet that is what the law does when it likens race to sexual orientation philosophically.

These twin attacks on traditional American society — vitiation of the distinction between private and public, and elimination of the distinction between innate characteristics and behavior — are predicates to tyranny. The new secular system sets up government as a new god, determining right and wrong and cramming it down on every subject. You will be forced to celebrate the behaviors of others; you will be treated as a bigot if you do not. The Supreme Court may hold back the legal ramifications of the new tyranny for now, but anyone who relies on the court to do so forever will be sorely disappointed.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and co-founder of Daily Wire+. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.”

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GTPatriot
1 month ago

just another day in the land of debauchery, deviates, and the amoral.

ezed2109
1 month ago

A few more grains of morale sand eroded away… just a little at time. Maybe 10 years from now we will also need to recognize 60+ genders marriage… pedophile relationships… abortions will be mute because after birth you can “set it aside and have a discussion with the doctor”.

Michael Lewis
1 month ago

1 Corinthians 7:2 – Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Mark 10:6 – 10:9
6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

The Christian God grants men free will, even to be sinful. In my opinion, that is consistent with separation of church and state.

So, legally I believe marriage between men and men, women and women are constitutional. However, 1st Amendment freedom of religion denies government authority to require those who practice the Christian religion to approve of homosexual marriage or facilitate it!

It is worthy of note that those who fled Europe to practice their religions passed and recognized laws that would stone those who practiced such unions.

NewDay
1 month ago

The morals of our country have been drifting for years. How could anyone possibly think it would end well. We now have a society that the Bible talks about where every person does what is right in their own sight. It’s all downhill from there.

Election Fraud
1 month ago

Sodom

LillyT
1 month ago

I personally feel no animosity, no “hell and damnation”, no “ewww how nasty” sentiments toward gay marriage. However, I am sick and tired, and increasingly angry that Americans are being forced to “shut up” and not able to express their opinions/thoughts/feelings without a growing fear of government retaliation. That is NOT what this country was founded upon – we have a Constitution that enumerates our RIGHTS, the rights of every citizen, not just the politically favored few.

Karen Knowles
1 month ago

I would hope Mr. Shapiro is wrong, but I think he is spot on.

Granny26
1 month ago

Same sex marriage is NOT the same as interracial marriage. I will NEVER CELEBRATE a same sex marriage. I don’t care if you are gay or lesbian, just don’t throw it in my face….act like a civil human being. Also sick of TV programs now coming out with lesbian couples on their shows. Don’t care if they say they’re lesbians/gay, just don’t show them making out I don’t want to see it. Have stopped watching a few programs because of it. Also will not buy sponsors products.

Gene
1 month ago
Reply to  Granny26

I’m with you, I have stopped watching 3 shows so far, probably will be more. These so called shows are really targeting the young ( 5 to 30 years old ) to normalize this twisted way of life. Danged if Revelations is not playing out, 2023 will be very interesting.

Jeri
1 month ago

In my head and heart…I will think and believe in what is the Biblical truth. Democrats will do whatever, I will pretend for the sake of survival but die being right with God in my head and heart.

Karen Knowles
1 month ago

Excellent article by Mr. Shapiro!

Jim H
1 month ago

Revelation, as well as other prophetic books, all point to this type of behavior becoming the norm. We truly are getting closer and closer to the end times. As I heard it put a long time ago “if God doesn’t come back soon He’s going to owe an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah”.

Carol
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim H

Jesus told the disciples that if a town does not listen to them, to shake the dust off their feet and move on to the next town. He said it will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah in the last days than that town! Guess He was talking about the USA and any other area of the world that puts up with the insanity the left keeps dishing out!

anna hubert
1 month ago

You are too young to remember Anita Day She was way ahead of you Her predictions did not go well with all the do enlightened

Mary Besignano
1 month ago

They cannot” sanctify” (evident they do not know the meaning)
What God has not Sanctified! And He showed us the consequences when and why He destroyed Sodom and Gomorraha. For just these very same reasons
America has enough abomination in the Eyes of God with Abortion, Decline in family life, and Satan groups, and this Government destroying the solid morals and ideals of the Founders of our Nation.
Leaving God out of every pictures in our lives is very grave, His love for us is not mentioned , and His Commandment, forsaken !
Pray, sacrifice, begging God’s Mercy and conversion of this Nation, that we may be again ” One Nation Under God”

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

I dont care to celebrate OK

David Scott Pease
1 month ago

Jesus Christ said that this day would come to pass.

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