Michael Brown

These results include the continued erosion of our freedoms of religion, speech, and conscience (churches and Christian leaders, don’t imagine for a moment that these issues will not be forced on you in the near future); more and more gay activist curricula in our children’s schools; the very real potential for the further redefining of marriage (note well that the same media that has been celebrating homosexuality for the last couple of decades is now celebrating polygamy – the newest show is My Five Wives – and polyamory); and even challenges to basic gender distinctions.

Almost 20 years ago, gay journalist Andrew Sullivan wrote, “If nothing else were done at all and gay marriage were legalized, ninety percent of the political work necessary to achieve gay and lesbian equality will have been achieved. It’s ultimately the only reform that matters.”

And Senator Rand Paul wants us simply to “agree to disagree” on this?

Yet Paul adds insult to injury by the vocabulary he uses, speaking of wanting “to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by” issues like traditional marriage. Festooned by “traditional marriage”? (For the record, I prefer to call this natural, organic marriage, which it is.) Is the Republican Party also festooned by issues like standing against abortion?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “to festoon” means “to cover or decorate (something) with many small objects, pieces of paper, etc.,” as in, “We festooned the halls with leaves and white lights,” just like one festoons (or, adorns) a Christmas tree with cute little trinkets, maybe with an angel on the top.

And that is how Paul sees the issue of redefining marriage, one of the greatest and most momentous moral, social, and spiritual issues of our time (or, really, any time)? (My debate at the University of Central Florida with Prof. Eric Smaw underscores this clearly, as does the recent book by Robert P. George, Sherif Girgis, and Ryan T. Anderson.)

The fact that Paul could utter these words at all is cause for deep concern. (I’m quite sure that he is not simply “festooning” his expected presidential campaign with rhetoric like this; he surely means what he is saying.)

The fact that he is presently at or near the top of the Republican heap is downright scary.


Michael Brown

Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry. His newest book (September, 2015) is Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. Connect with him on Facebook at AskDrBrown or on Twitter at drmichaellbrown


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