It seems like oppression, but it will be fire that purifies. It also indicates that the “sensate” culture of the West (more on that next week) has started to digest itself and will soon vomit and collapse. There will be a need for an “ideate” culture to replace it. So there will be a major opportunity for a religion to establish that in the next 50-100 years. I’m rooting for Christianity, the more trinitarian, the better.
These thoughts are prompted by reading William Anderson’s column on how horrible the oppression is going to be. A couple of excerpts:
In the aftermath of Obergefell, President Obama himself has called for Christian churches and organizations to change their doctrines regarding homosexuality as Hillary Clinton has demanded that adherents to religions that don’t support abortion on demand change their “long-held beliefs.” Commentators in Time and other publications have demanded that churches and religious organizations that don’t support homosexual marriage be stripped of their tax-exempt status, and Obama’s solicitor general in the Supreme Court hearing this year admitted that the government, should the court rule in favor of gay marriage, will most likely move against Christian organizations.
What does that mean? It means that the U.S. and various state and local governments will determine which Christian doctrines are de facto legal and which will be deemed illegal, and any individuals and organizations practicing those doctrines that are unapproved will find themselves facing harassment. I hesitate to use the word “persecution” because much of the harassment will be mild compared to what Christians in other countries (especially in places like Saudi Arabia and North Korea and Iran) are facing. So far, the U.S. Government does not seem hellbent on throwing Christians into prison or executing them, although I am sure there are plenty of factions on the Left that would champion such extreme measures.
But it was a comment that I really appreciated, and so I capture it here. Bruce Majors points out the hypocrisy of Progressives:
The problem is not really gays or Christians. It’s the fascist civil right paradigm of forced association that has left its original intended beneficiaries, black Americans, with high levels of poverty, unemployment, crime, illiteracy, health problems, infant mortality etc etc. But it makes people like Gil feel good and gives them 6 and 7 figure jobs as lobbyists and presidential appointees as paper pushers in the EOE/Fair Housing bureaucracies, so that they can afford to wave rainbow flags and cheer the first black President from the balcony of their new Loft condo built on property seized from working class black people by eminent domain.
Go Bruce! He’s right, of course, and the gay/black schism in the Progressive coalition is open for exploitation. Hmmm, 3% of the population versus 13%, highly religious at that. We live in interesting times. Should the Federal state collapse, as in the Western Roman Empire, you can expect a RISE in living standards for those not connected to the Federal teat.