Marvin Olasky

Libertarians rightly relish the theme throughout American history of government ordaining and individuals disdaining. But what happens when individuals or their churches believe that homosexuality is wrong? Gays need strong governmental action to keep people from speaking out against it. They need criticism of homosexuality to be declared "hate speech." They need government to force religious organizations to hire gays or facilitate adoption by gays.

This "small government requires social conservatism" argument is not a 10-second soundbite, but Huckabee in speeches could explain that a conservative position on social issues contributes to a conservative position on fiscal issues: Individuals who are family-reliant and God-reliant are rarely government-reliant. He should also insist that same-sex marriage be opposed only in ways that treat gays as still possessing human dignity. He should assert that anyone who says "I'm righteous and you're not" has an inadequate view of sin.

F. Scott Fitzgerald in the "The Great Gatsby" nailed selfish folks who ignore the need to balance individuality and community. He wrote about careless rich people who make messes and leave the cleanup to their servants. Today, the rich and especially poor often leave the cleanup to government officials. If we want fewer officials, we need to reduce the number of messes. Social


Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the national news magazine World. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky, visit www.worldmag.com.
 
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