Sex and Marriage in San Francisco
by Thomas Fleming
The California Supreme, in a recent decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex "marriage," has issued a declaration of independence from the human race. Progressives have inevitably hailed this latest break-through, comparing it to the legalization of inter-racial marriage, but the same progressives just as inevitably will hail the inevitable legalization of cross-species marriage as the next giant step for mankind. And after that? My poor dim eyes cannot see so far, but we can expect to see a whole series of taboos collapse like dominoes: incest, sex with children, and cannibalism–consensual of course, we’re not savages after all.
Not everyone is delighted with the ruling, which will probably be reversed at some point on appeal. Conservatives are naturally shocked by this latest proof that this is not the America they read about in their McGuffey Readers or in back issues of The National Review , though current subscribers should be prepared to read that "Gay marriage" is really an affirmation of the age-old institution. The conservative delusion–and it is just that, a delusion–is the counter-intuitive conviction that America, despite a few kooks in high places, is really a sound, decent Christian nation
. All we need to do, as one of Rush Limbaugh’s callers said recently, is to get "our message" out to the American people, and before long we will rule the planet from our safe haven of offshore drilling, low taxes (and high deficits), and good old public schools (circa 1959) with pretty drug-free cheerleaders and the Ten Commandments displayed proudly on the walls.
Perhaps I should not make fun of this delusion
: It may be all that conservatives have left to cling to. But, for that reason, it is all the more pernicious. We are not going back to the 1950’s, at least not any time soon. If we stick just to issues of marriage and family, can anyone seriously suggest that America is anything like a Christian country? Down to the beginning of the 20th century, Christians were pretty much in agreement on these issues. Abortion was evil and had to be kept illegal; contraception was an immoral means of frustrating the natural purpose of sexuality as designed by the Creator; divorce and remarriage were wrong except in extreme cases. While Catholics and Protestants might disagree about what constituted an extreme case, they agreed perfectly that divorce could not be justified except