In Our Time

The Wellesley Zarathustra

“Laws [concerning ‘reproductive health’] have to be backed up with resources and political will and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”  Thus spake Zarathustra at the Women in the World Summit in New York City last April, an annual celebration of the Transvaluation of All Values.

“Religious beliefs . . . have to be changed.”  In translation: “People whose religious beliefs disagree with the thinking of people inside this hall must substitute opposing beliefs for the ones they have now.”  On penalty of what, Mrs. Clinton?  The lady probably has no clear idea, although we all can guess what she’d like to do to dissenters in post-Christian America who refuse to countenance, let alone be implicated in, abortion, gay “marriage,” and “transgender” operations for emotionally ill persons, and are otherwise guilty of harboring dangerous “structural biases.”  Still I suspect that, however vague, it isn’t pretty—prettier, for instance, than the remedial proceedings accorded “heretics” in the Tower during the reign of Elizabeth I, or Guantanamo during the administrations of G.W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Less pretty still than imagined horrors is the threat itself—a quietly menacing warning that is, quite simply, unprecedented in American political...

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