Pat Buchanan, who never fails to fall in love with a dictatorial thug when he has the chance, has a new mancrush and it’s on Vladimir Putin. He positively gushes over the fact that Russia is now throwing people in jail for nothing more than wearing a pro-equality t-shirt.
Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights – or we may just boycott your Sochi games.
What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.
There’s no amnesia here. I certainly remember where we morally and culturally not so long ago. We were the kind of nation that thought it was okay to put gay people in prison merely for being gay. What has happened since then is moral progress, not regress. A moral society simply does not do that, if morality is understood as something more than Buchanan’s authoritarian twaddle.
Was that America we grew up in really like Nazi Germany?
In the Catholic schools this writer attended, pornography – let alone homosexual propaganda – would get one expelled.
Was this really just like Kristallnacht?
Um. Who is making Nazi comparisons here? Does something have to be as bad as the Nazis in order to be bad at all? Let me introduce you to the fallacy of the excluded middle, Mr. Buchanan. You two have a lot to talk about.
As Father Regis Scanlon writes in Crisis Magazine, in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” an “objective disorder.” That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral remains Catholic teaching.
Thus, if we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?
Wow, that is one of the dumbest analogies ever. First of all, we sure as hell do not want a society built on Catholicism or Christianity. Secondly, he’s missing the obvious distinction that pro-equality expression does not seek to dehumanize or oppress anyone. But most importantly, we don’t put people in jail for racist or anti-Semitic expressions; if we did, Buchanan would be in jail himself.