Second, some weary young evangelicals said about Act One, in the words of 32-year-old M.J. Daniels, “I. Do. Not. Care. … The debate over SSM is a divisive political issue that is tearing this country apart culturally and politically, while distracting from … issues like entitlement spending, border security, national defense, over-regulation, reckless monetary policy.”
That may be true, although if our biblical foundation crumbles the house erected on it will not stand. Still, RedState.com editor Erick Erickson had a good rejoinder to Daniels’ central point: “You will be required to care. Gay rights advocates on the steady march toward and past gay marriage will make you care.” If the gay juggernaut continues to roll, churches and individuals will face discrimination and hate speech charges for not embracing SSM: “Evil peddles tolerance until it is dominant, then seeks to silence good. That’s why Christians fight on this issue. It is not to force themselves on others, but to protect themselves from others being forced on them.”
Third, the potential Court emphasis on restricting centralized power could lead to the empowerment of others, and that leads me to the winner of our contest (WORLD, Jan. 12, March 9) to rename “compassionate conservatism.” Kelly Cogan suggested “Effective Empowerment” and noted the existence of many ineffective programs: “We want programs to accomplish the goals they were intended to accomplish. … We want people to move from being entitled to empowered. … The name itself provides a way of measuring success. If people are not effectively empowered to move away from enslaving entitlements, those programs should cease to exist.”
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