Robert Knight

The cultural sledgehammer that’s shattering basic decency in America keeps pounding away.

Our enemies must be delighted to see us disarm morally and still expect to be strong, free and prosperous. They know it doesn’t work that way.

This week, we’ve seen the Republican-controlled New York Senate grant legal recognition to “pretend marriage.” A Wall Street Journal photo makes that case: two women, one dressed as a groom, celebrate. Because marriage at its core is the union of male and female, a groomless or brideless wedding is an absurd counterfeit.

In a free country, you can pretend to be all sorts of things. But you should not be allowed to use the power of the law to force your delusions on others. The religious “exemptions” that helped sell the law will prove illusory as activists later sweep away any remaining resistance to this radical upheaval.

While New York legislators were busy sharpening legal knives to use against traditionalist schoolteachers, employers and institutions of all kinds, the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association struck down a California law that bars selling extremely violent videos to children.

In a 7 to 2 ruling on Monday, Antonin Scalia wrote that the law violates children’s First Amendment rights to buy interactive games in which they vicariously steal, and rape, torture, and decapitate people to score points. He did not put it that way, of course, in saying that the state had no compelling interest. He blew off studies showing that violent videos correlate to aggressive behavior in some children, and denied that reading about violence is different from a full-color, sound-filled, interactive depiction in which the children themselves commit the violence.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas filed the only dissents, arguing that the law was intended to empower parents, not chip away at the First Amendment. The law targets adults who sell this junk to kids. It’s about curbing predators, not disempowering children.

In a concurring opinion, Sam Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, argued that the law should be struck down because of vagueness, but he also said this:

“The Court is far too quick to dismiss the possibility that the experience of playing video games (and the effects on minors of playing violent video games) may be very different from anything that we have seen before....

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.