And you thought it was about marriage? How wrong you were. All the commentary on how the referendum was ‘about more than marriage’, how it went ‘beyond the letter of the law’ to touch on something deeper, something psychic, confirms that the campaign for gay marriage is not about achieving social equality — no, it’s about securing parity of esteem, which is very different.
What is being sought through gay marriage is not the securing of rights but the boosting of esteem. And this is a problem for those of us who believe in liberty. For where old, positive forms of social equality were a narrowly legal accomplishment, concerned simply with either removing discriminatory laws or passing legislation forbidding discrimination at work or in the public sphere, cultural equality is far more about… well, culture; the general outlook; even people’s attitudes. It is not satisfied with simply legislating against discrimination and then allowing people to get on with their lives; rather, it is concerned with reshaping the cultural climate, discussion, how people express themselves in relation to certain groups.
This is why we have seen, across the West, the bizarre ‘gay cake’ phenomenon, where there are more and more cases of traditionalist bakers (and other businesses) being purposefully approached by campaigners to provide services to gay weddings. The aim of this very modern form of religious persecution is to discover and expose those whose attitudes have not yet been corrected by the top-down enforcement of parity of esteem, of protected feelings, for gays. That cultural equality is concerned not merely with altering laws, but with reshaping culture and even belief itself, is clear from the growing trend for harassing those who do not bow before the altar of gay marriage. ....
...... That is, all must agree, all must partake; there can be no room for the exercise of individual conscience when it comes to the engineering of a new cultural climate.
Years ago, I tried to read After the Ball, the (apparently) definitive book on how to advance the gay agenda. I gave up after about 40 pages, it was just so depressing. All I can recall is how Kurt Madsen said that it is necessary to get the camel's nose under the tent in order to get the entire camel in later. That beginning, he said, was to portray gays as victims and to garner sympathy for them from the majority of people. And he proceeded to outline how gay activists were to promote the "gay agenda" until society accepted them as they were, without exception.
It seems that they have succeeded. We now live in a world where you are considered "intolerant" and "bigoted" if you don't accept the homosexual lifestyle. Upholding the Christian values of traditional marriage will soon be considered wrong, and those who do will be punished in some way. Just look at the bakers who decline to make a cake for a gay wedding. It is not about their refusal to bake that cake, it is about their stating that they disagree with the values of the homosexual lifestyle and that is just not acceptable to those who are in the gay bleachers. Look at the attack on the Duggar family who handled the crisis in their family in an appropriate way when it happened. But the fact that they had some moral problems has made them the target of all those who hate Christians.
So, unless we want to be cowed by this turn of events, we must stand up and defend the values that we hold. If you believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, don't be afraid to say so. You have that right and those who think you don't, are stealing your freedom from you.