I begin as a skeptic when I saw rave reviews for his book from Elton John, Dan Savage, Bill Maher, Noam Chomsky, and Piers Morgan. I’m not sure our worldviews connect at any point. Still, Hari’s TED Talk makes some startling and thought-provoking points. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Back when same-sex "marriage" was the anticipated parousia of progressivism's ever-receding eschaton, social justice warriors needed a devil--a foil against whom to direct their outrage and to hold up for the public to abjure. And the most important attribute of this devil was softness. He, or it, or they, needed to be a sufficiently strawy target so as to make knocking him over simple and easy. And the social justice warriors found their target: Westboro Baptist Church (and Christian communities perceived as belonging to the same ilk).
For several years, the late Rev. Fred Phelps' hyperbolic, fire-and-brimstone, Gospel-free preaching, embodied by a tiny handful of families, became the face of religious objectors to redefining marriage held up by the liberal media. The attention given the little tiny, ultra-fundamentalist country church was out of all proportion with its size and influence in evangelicalism. But that didn't matter. The tritone highlighter-colored "GOD HATES F*GS" picket signs at soldiers' funerals were all the social justice warriors hoped Americans would remember. Here were the bigots they wanted everyone to think of when the traditional marriage movement came to mind. And judging by the unbelievable, practically overnight shift in public opinion on homosexuality, it worked. READ FULL ARTICLE »