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06/27/2011

Maggie Gallagher vs. 'a civilization built against nature'

by Jeremy Hooper

Maggie Gallagher is still digging in her heels, fighting to keep a job that's put a ton of cash in her pocketbook "protect marriage" in the wake of New York. And in a newly published interview with the National Review Online's Kathryn Lopez, the National Organization For Marriage chair explains why.

1: Because equality activists are just such an aggressive and mean monolith, that it's really those who discriminate against gays in civil law who need the "anti-defamation" protections:

"Fundamentally, we are also going to need a large anti-defamation project behind the gay-marriage line, to locate the many people now feeling silenced and harassed and create for them a legal and cultural environment where people have a shot at passing on a Christian (or other traditional) marriage culture to their own kids and in their own communities. I’m getting e-mails and phone calls from people losing their jobs because they spoke up for marriage as one man and one woman. Extraordinary!"

2: Because gays are "against nature":

"This is a quite powerful movement that is quite serious about shutting down the debate and redefining the Book of Genesis as bigotry. Will they succeed? Maybe in the short or medium term. But in the end, a civilization built against nature falls. Every time.

But a lot of damage can be done in the meantime.
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3: Because the gay population may be tiny (by Maggie's estimation), but our legal recognition somehow has the power to disrupt the whole social order as we know it. Oh, and because gays can only succeed if heterosexual conservatives give "them" permission, apparently:

"The 'traditional' understanding of marriage is not optional for a civilization. Either you channel eros into a social institution that is pro-creation — or it becomes anti-creation, anti-civilization, anti-life.

Gay people are children of God and each one matters. But they are also about 2 percent of the population, while a new Gallup poll shows Americans on average think they are 25 percent of the population.

That’s cultural power.

This is a top-down, very powerful, culture-creating movement, grounded in the fantasy they can change basic human realities like marriage or human life without any long-term consequences.

But “they” can only do this if we let them. Will we? That’s the question we have to ask — and answer — ourselves.
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*FULL INTERVIEW: Empire State Blues [NRO]

Maggie is in "throw it out there and see if it sticks" mode. Expect the rhetoric to get worse before it gets better.

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