Indiana's shameful surrender to the Gay Mafia, Big Business, the Left, and the Commentariat on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act came as no surprise. Indeed, Pat Buchanan's most recent column on the whole sorry debacle contains words that must be memorized by every traditionalist:
First comes a call for tolerance for those who believe and behave differently. Then comes a plea for acceptance. Next comes a demand for codifying in law a right to engage in actions formerly regarded as debased or criminal. Finally comes a demand to punish any and all who persist in their public conduct or their private business in defying the new moral order.
Mike Pence's surrender also brings to mind an old Soviet joke.
- Rabinovich, why do you want to emigrate from the Soviet Union?
- Because I disagree with the Soviet policy with regard to homosexuality.
- Rabinovich, 50 years ago, we shot homosexuals, 30 years ago, we imprisoned them, 10 years ago we fired them from their jobs, and now, we do not do anything to them!
- Exactly! I want to emigrate before homosexuality becomes mandatory.
I wonder whether in the coming years, small businesses owned by Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs will be subject to the same persecutory pressure as Christian caterers, bakers, and florists. There are a few traditionalist and Orthodox Jews from the Soviet Union whom I know personally who make a living by catering and filming weddings. Now, most of their clients are of course, other Russian-speaking Jews, but in recent years, they have been getting more and more American clients.
The question, still unasked anywhere in the rightwing blogosphere is simple, yet uncomfortable. Will non-Christians be subject to the same barrage of insults if they refuse to accept a gay "wedding" by providing their services to the prospective clients? Or will the "brides" and "grooms" quietly back off and go elsewhere? This remains to be seen. But if I had to guess, the current campaign of shoving the acceptance of gay "marriage" down America's throat is primarily directed against the arch-enemy of the Left: Christianity of the White, Middle American variety.
Eugene Girin is a New York-based attorney and commentator.