Right Wing News reports Monday that in his appearance on Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a demonstration of how politicians need to work within challenging, if not hostile, media environments on controversial topics. While Todd repeatedly framed RFRA as providing the framework for broad discrimination, Jindal emphasized that Christians needed RFRA as a defense against government force. Force applied in such a way that specific choices on participation in events could put them out of business.
According to Gary Abernathy of the timesgazzette, thanks to the design of political correctness, the most wonderful thing to celebrate in America today is diversity. And any town, school, organization or government body that does not reflect said diversity is lacking. Except, of course, for religion. Because when it comes to religion, we don’t much care for diversity.
“Conservative churches believe in a literal or legalistic interpretation of scripture. Millions of fundamentalist Christians believe that homosexuality is defined by the Bible as a sin. That does not mean they hate homosexuals, or wish them ill, or even personally dislike them if they know them. It just means their religious doctrine leads them to follow what they believe the Bible teaches about the homosexual lifestyle.”
Abernathy asks some serious questions. Can the fundamentalist Christian respect the legal right of a same-sex couple to hold a wedding ceremony where such weddings are legal, while the same-sex couple respects the religious right of the fundamentalist Christian not to participate in such a wedding? Or must the fundamentalist Christian be forced by law to participate, even when participation is contrary to a sincerely-held religious conviction?
Kurtz of Fox News stated Monday that we are in an age of intolerance. That the larger problem is too many on the left want to silence free speech or punish those whose beliefs are deemed unacceptable. Kurtz reminds us of last year when pressure from gay activists and boycott threats forced Brendan Eich to resign as CEO of the browser company Mozilla. What was his offense? He made a donation to the 2008 Prop 8 campaign in California, which succeeded at the time in banning gay marriage.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 37 states. With young people increasingly seeing it as a non-issue, that trend will undoubtedly continue. However, Kurtz adds, it is important for all of us, in the media and elsewhere, to respect the views of a significant number of Americans who don’t agree.
We have to remember that the issue of rights cuts both ways. You cannot push for one side’s rights to the exclusion of the other side. Conformity is the enemy of freedom. And which is more important-diversity or conformity in today’s society? The reality is, when we are forced to choose one or the other, conformity trumps diversity, particularly when the diversity in question is out of step with the newest world view.