I continue to be absolutely fascinated by the now-constant call of anti-gay bigots for civil disobedience in response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in a majority of the United States. Linda Harvey is the latest to do it, but like all the other she doesn’t actually spell out what she thinks people ought to do.
Linda Harvey of Mission America warned on her radio bulletin yesterday that America has entered “a time of possible civil disobedience” following the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality announcement, telling listeners that “we must not serve the interests of sin and darkness” and “this court’s inaction is an act motivated by evil and deception and ultimately will not stand.”
“This is attempted theft of what God has ordained and our Lord will not honor this lawlessness,” Harvey said. “Allowing homosexuality to become normal in America may certainly be part of God’s judgment on our once-Christian nation for our irresponsible sexual practices and for turning our back on what the Lord has taught us. Even so, God will at some point allow the consequences of such defiance to play itself out and that will be a very tragic day indeed for those who have thumbed their noses at the Lord as they celebrate sin.”Harvey hoped the court’s action will actually give a boost to the work of anti-gay activists: “Those of us who know the truth about homosexuality are far from finished, and in fact, God will use this cowardly act by the majority in our high court to bring a new zeal and fervor to the pro-family movement.”
Think of all the forms that civil disobedience has taken in this country in the past. Burning draft cards during Vietnam? There’s no parallel to that here. Sit-ins? Where are they going to do that, in county clerks offices? Are they really going to stage a sit-in to try to deny other people equal rights? And do they think that would actually change anything?
I think this is part of a pattern. We’ve seen how the right wing has tried to adopt the rhetoric and language of civil rights movements, pretending to be the victims of discrimination and persecution and appropriating leaders like Martin Luther King as if they would ever agree with their current positions. Now they’re trying to adopt the tactics as well, but there doesn’t seem to be any actual act of civil disobedience to do that would do anything at all to help their cause.