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April 03, 2015

Who, Exactly, Should We Punish for Not Digging Gay Marriage?

It's a more interesting question than you might think. Should we punish aged, mentally-fading 67 year old grandmas, like, for example, Hillary Clinton, who opposed gay marriage until last year?

What about grandmas generally? Are we going to strip grandma of the sexual modesty that served her well for 70 years, right near the end of her days?

How about it, granny? Shouldn't you be up to go to a dinner at that Chinese place in New York where you get served by transvestites? What, Granny -- do you not celebrate their culture?

How about blacks, who are more opposed to gay marriage than whites? Will our cadres of quivering whitebread twitternerd crusaders put black owned businesses out of business over a lack of sufficient enthusiasm for gay shit?

How about, as so many keep asking -- Muslim bakeries?

Well, Steven Crowder, who is now officially My Hero for the next 24 hours, actually went to find out.

Yup -- he went there.

And when I say "There," I mean Muslim bakeries.


They all refuse to make him that cake --

Will we have some lawsuits and police action now?!

Now that you've enjoyed that, and are maybe now using the #Catchprase in that fantastic video (which I will not spoil, for those who haven't watched yet), read Allah's piece.

And do read the Conor Friedersdorf (or whatever) piece he links. I don't usually have much use for Freidersdorf (or whatever), but he is plainly just a liberal (he calls himself "libertarian," erroneously), but he has been resolute, out of principle, on this issue, despite the fact that he has antipathy for Christians and a lot of sympathy for gays.

I don't hold it against people where their sympathies lie. Your gut is your gut, and of the gut, there is no disputing its taste.

What galls me are all the Fake Libertarians like Goth Fonzie Nick Gillespie who claim to be libertarians, but who have adopted the standard left-liberal line.

I know people have their gut instincts, and I don't really judge those. Not really.

But someone who professes fidelity to a principle apart from mere gut sympathy and gut antipathy, but who does not even try to rise above those gut instincts to apply his own alleged principles, I have no use for.

It's a tough thing to do, to repudiate what your heart and gut to tell you and instead listen to the cool, dispassionate organ of reason in your head. Most people don't bother.

But Friedersdorf (or whatever) plainly has bothered here, and even though it must be hard for him to go against his gut, and his actual Tribe, he does so anyway, and anyone who can push aside emotion and bigotry, even briefly, to actually do what everyone talks about -- analyzing a matter with the intellect, according to principle -- should be praised.

So today I praise him. Tomorrow I'm sure he'll be a prat again, but today I think he should be proud, and is justified in doing some of that preening he sometimes does.

It is not easy to rise above the gut. And fewer and fewer are even interested in trying these, these latter-day Days of Rage.


Oh, and @proteinwisdom suggests that this person could use some Memory Pizza level aid:


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