- (Associated Press)
The Washington Post is a newspaper with a long history of publishing puzzling anti-gay arguments in the interest of "covering both sides" of issues like . . . youth gay suicides. Continuing the tradition is this submission from Matthew J. Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.:
Writing in the Post, Franck rejects a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center which designates anti-gay groups that deal in "demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals" as "hate" groups. In light of the SPLC report, Franck calls for civility in the debate over same-sex marriage.
In the service of this argument, he places scare-quotes around a "report" with which he does not agree; he accuses CBS sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says" of participating in a vast campaign to undermine "traditional views of sexual morality" with the help of "cultural bastions controlled by the left"; he cites an Internet comment as representative of the discourse on the issue; he complains that opposition to gay marriage has been publicly compared to its obvious corollaries, like anti-miscegenation laws; he celebrates as "rational" a college professor who asserts in an e-mail to his students, "in a sexual relationship between two men, one of them tends to act as the 'woman' while the other acts as the 'man'"; and he just makes some stuff up.
Franck writes that he is concerned that proponents of same-sex marriage are attempting to stop conversation on the morality of homosexuality. He fears that his opponents want to "settle" the marriage debate once and for all. He argues that gay marriage activists are running a campaign to "marginalize, privatize, anathematize" his viewpoint. Has there any been a better argument for ending the back-and-forth over this issue than Franck's own piece?