In this vision (or delusion), the future inevitably belongs to the tastes of educated WASPs, who with much grace, tact, consideration and compassion must guide their backward, more primitive black and brown brethren step-by-step down the path toward the new moral righteousness. Instead of obeying this "progressive" script, the black church, both here and in Africa, is beginning to speak authoritatively on behalf of Christian moral tradition.
You can see some of the same tug-of-war going on for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party on the gay marriage issue. African-Americans are strongly opposed to gay marriage. Since the Lawrence decision, black support for gay civil unions tumbled more than from any other group: 23 percentage points, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports last week that since 2000, the proportion of blacks who identify as Democrats has tumbled 11 percentage points.
No doubt there are many reasons why, but I suspect the increasingly visible insistence by white liberals that fighting for legal affirmation of gay sex and relationships is the defining civil rights battle of our times plays a part.
What really happened last week among Anglicans in Minneapolis? When push came to shove, the remnants of the old WASP elites decided to snub the black folks in the Anglican communion in favor of the voices of people who are white, affluent, with post-graduate educations, just like themselves. Is anybody really surprised?
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.