Respected UK journalist Charles Moore gave the hornet’s nest a shake in the Telegraph this week, taking on what he calls the onset of “gay rights sharia,” otherwise known as the utter intolerance of the left. Moore was reacting to the comments of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the fashion designers who raised the ire of the LGBT community with their opinion on traditional families.
“We oppose gay adoptions,” the pair said in an interview. “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
The remarks were predictably seized upon by gay rights activists, Elton John among the most high profile of them. He proposed an immediate boycott of Dolce & Gabbana products, calling their views “archaic.”
While LGBT activists are certainly within their rights to boycott the fashion line, Moore wondered whether we weren’t moving into a time where socially conservative viewpoints were “teetering on the edge of criminality.” In the UK, where they have laws allowing for the prosecution of hate speech, he may not be too far off the mark.
Moore argued that it was no longer up to any individual gay person to decide their beliefs. “If you are gay,” he wrote, “there are certain things you must believe. Nothing else is permitted under the gay rights sharia.”
Those beliefs, of course, consist of the right to gay marriage, the right to in vitro fertilization, the right to adopt children, and many others.
The Death of Social Conservatism
Moore’s concerns are well heard, and they go well beyond the limits of the LGBT movement. Liberals take this same approach to every issue, and it has proven to be monstrously successful. They decide the terms of the conversation, and they mercilessly crucify any public figure who does not fall lockstep into those terms. Lately, they’ve been all too willing to devour their own – Patricia Arquette’s feminist spiel at the Oscars was more harshly attacked by liberals than conservatives.
It’s tempting to hope that this language-Nazi approach to social justice will end in disaster for the left, but they know exactly what they’re doing. They have mastered the concept of relentless progressivism. There is no idea too loony, no cause too trivial, no micro-aggression too small. Because they know that the more they push, the more we’ll give.
Once gay Americans are allowed to marry in every state, what will be next? Liberals insist that it’s a logical fallacy to invoke the “slippery slope” argument, but they have proven that it is applicable in all circumstances. There is no “good enough” in their world. For them, the fight is the whole purpose. Without it, they shrivel and wilt like a flower without sunshine. They exist to feel morally superior to every human being who does not subscribe to their precise views.
In his article, Moore notes that it is “common sense” that heterosexual parents are ideal. But that’s his mistake. The left doesn’t care about common sense, and they certainly don’t care about what’s “ideal.” If it is possible to go further left, then they want to take us there.
And the shame of it is, they keep succeeding.