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The arc of justice vs. The arch enemies of justice

by Jeremy Hooper

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, predictably, is lashing out against gay activists who vow to fight (and win) against Proposition 8 in court. Of the forthcoming legal battles, Tony says:

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Marriage Appeal Is Universal [FRC]

We reply:

200811071112Yea, Tony? Liberals have a history of using the courts to "impose their agenda," even when the public and the legislatures are unwilling? You mean those great liberal injustices like...

1954 -- Brown v. Board of Education: Desegregation
1967 -- Loving v. Virginia: Banned anti-miscegenation laws

...to name but two? We won't mention the ones with which we know you disagree, like Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas. We will, however, mention the court's role in protecting speech, ensuring expression, protecting personal freedoms, and holding up the boundaries between church and state. You think that's all just liberal hogwash, T-Dog?

Well here's what we think, Tony. We think that the truly unjust alliance going on in modern society is the acrimonious one that you social conservatives have formed with the term "activist judges," making it sound as if any justice who casts a decision that goes against your personal worldview is an unhinged crazy pants who knows not of what he or she speaks. The anti-intellectual stance is both enraging and thoroughly un-American. It's also one that most of you only hold because of the advantages it provides to your fear-based arguments about supposed Christian persecution, and not because your scholarly exploration of the legal system has provided you with a genuine leg to stand on.

Though the beauty in you all taking this stance, Tony, is that your side has unwittingly revealed your hand to those of us who pay attention.
How and why? Well, because it is simply illogical to believe that those among us who've dedicated their lives to understanding the law are willing to sacrifice their training and expertise in order to fulfill some "agenda." It is far more reasonable to assume that gay activists are winning in the courts because gay activists are -- wait for it, wait for it -- making the more sound arguments! So through the widespread, nonstop hostility that this country's politically-moticated social conservatives like yourself have shown towards the independent judiciary, we see great fear. Fear that you all know that you have no way of ultimately winning this "culture war," because you know within your hearts of hearts that the courts are the places where civil rights are and should be decided. Fear that you realize your rhetoric can dupe like-minded ears, but that it means absolutely nothing when those receiving it are dedicated to carrying out the will of the constitution rather than their personal biases against LGBT people. Fear over that loud realization that keeps you up at night, telling you that your life's work will do down in history in the same unfortunate way that so many anti-civil rights activists' work has gone down before you. Fear that you are on the wrong side of history, whether you admit it or not.

Tony, we are PROUD liberals. We are also proudly gay. If you want to call it "radical" for us to do as so many shunned people have done before us and fight against tyranny in the court of law, then we will proudly wear that label as well! And we have no fear over our radical endeavors, because we have not one iota of trepidation regarding how our fight will look to reasoned bloggers of 2068!

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Your thoughts

"Once again, homosexual extremists are turning to their place of preference for creating public policy-the courts."

As opposed to your method of lying to an easily manipulated public? You're on my list of graves to dance on Tony.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 7, 2008 11:42:43 AM

Dear God,

If you exist, please come and pick up all the trash you left behind. The sooner the better. The stench coming from it is overwhelming.

Thanks in advance,
The Loyal Opposition

Posted by: EvilPoet | Nov 7, 2008 12:21:14 PM

For once, I am completely devoid of anything to say concerning this matter. God help us all.

Posted by: Trickster's Treat | Nov 7, 2008 1:01:38 PM

Jeremy, I think you used the wrong fingers in your picture.

Posted by: tjc | Nov 7, 2008 1:02:03 PM

Does that half-wit Perkins and everyone else on that side forget that the California Legislature DID pass our marriage bill and AHNOLD didn't sign it - Thanks, AHNOLD! We will win again, Perkins - you can count on it - - - -

Posted by: tom | Nov 7, 2008 2:06:24 PM

No Tony the ACTIVIST CHURCHES are what are trying to take our civil rights away and during the next 4 years we will be fighting through the courts and through our deeply supportive President Barack Obama and a majority of progressives in the Congress to have our civil rights in all areas including the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell as well as gaining major victories in Marriage Equality. The time is now and we have an open window of opportunity so we are running with it! I have a feeling the California courts will strike down Prop 8 as bigoted and an attempt of the activist Churches to use the Tyranny of the Majority to take away marriage equality.

Posted by: Benjamin Clark | Nov 7, 2008 2:32:54 PM

KUDOS, again JH for wading through the much for us.
Right with you Benjamin, I too feel the CSC will overturn 8, most legalists say they cannot use the 'revision' theory. But Justice George left himself a huge freeway of manueverability by acknowledging marriage a civil right due all. It is our court system that has long been the one to defend minority rights against majority bigotry.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 7, 2008 9:02:04 PM

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