Wingnut: Gay Marriage Ruling Will Spark Second Civil War

Timothy Buchanan, whose primary claim to fame is having written a book called The Boobonic Plague, has a column at BarbWire arguing that if the Supreme Court does overturn state bans on same-sex marriage, it will lead to a second Civil War in the United States. But he begins by showing his ignorance about the Supreme Court:

Very little of the actual proceedings are made public. Only audio and/or video recordings that the justices approve are released. It’s an interesting process that the U.S. Supreme Court follows.

But not interesting enough for him to actually bother understanding it. All of the oral arguments are made public, both in audio and transcript form, within a few hours after they take place. The justices do not have to approve them. And video is never, ever released because cameras of any kind are banned from the court’s chambers. Apparently Buchanan’s computer doesn’t work with that newfangled Google thingy.

Because the United States is so deeply divided over moral and legal fundamentals, it would be difficult to see how the wrong decision here will not result in a second American civil war. A ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex “marriage” that have been properly enacted by the states will be correctly viewed by Christians as an openly belligerent affront to religious liberty, the consequences of which, may be dire.

This case could well be the fuse that ignites the powder keg of outrage that leads the nation into the first battle of a new war. Our future as a nation and indeed, whether we have one, may well depend upon how the Supreme Court decides this case.

It would be utter foolishness for the Homo-fascists, the Lawless Left and their media mouthpieces to mistake the kindness and peacefulness of the Right as submission or weakness.

Oh yes, that legendary kindness and peacefulness of the right — legendary in the sense that it doesn’t actually exist. And despite their fantasies, there isn’t going to be any civil war fought over this. The bigots will rage for a while and then the whole issue will fade away because it changes nothing at all for anyone who isn’t gay.

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  • Sastra

    Well, if kind and peaceful people wage a war, you can be sure it will be a civil war.

    There’s no need to be impolite about it.

  • John Pieret

    A slight correction: The audio recordings of oral arguments are usually available to the public on Friday of the week they were held. The recording of the SSM arguments was a rare exception to that rule. The transcripts are, however, available on the day of the arguments.

    A ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex “marriage” that have been properly enacted by the states

    Um, numbnutz, if SCOTUS overturns the bans, it will be because they weren’t properly enacted under the Constitution.

  • John Hinkle

    A ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex “marriage” that have been properly enacted by the states…

    What if the states properly enacted a ban of Christianity?

    And Sastra@1: Good one!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    What an idiot. If this would lead to a real second Civil War, they’d secede after Gay Marriage looked inevitable but before the decision, and start the war themselves by firing on, I don’t know, Fort Point, San Francisco?

  • Alverant

    I don’t think those who want a civil war over equal marriage cares about the Constitution and federal law.

  • dingojack

    Sastra – the Romans (and the Greeks too) went one better and had a Social War.

    Dingo

  • dugglebogey

    Ironically, a lot of those people are still fighting the first civil war.

  • eric

    Too late, Atlanta is already flaming. And didn’t you hear? Gray is the new fail.

    ***

    I do wonder exactly who they think they’re going to battle. Presumably it would be like the Bundy ranch, only for wedding caterers, cake bakers, and photographers: a bunch of well-armed militiamen hang around the store preventing the government from serving an indictment or forcibly taking the owner to court. The problem with that strategy here, however, is that Bundy doesn’t depend on a steady stream of customers to stay solvent. Exactly what do they think is going to happen to some wedding photographer’s business when any prospective customer has to walk though a wall of rifle-pointing yahoos?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    eric, they also will have to guard churches. Otherwise gays and lesbians would sneak in and demand that the minister perform a wedding ceremony for them.

  • cptdoom

    A ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex “marriage” that have been properly enacted by the states will be correctly viewed by Christians as an openly belligerent affront to religious liberty…

    Well, if you keep telling the good “Christians” who listen to you that such a ruling is an “affront to religious liberty,” of course they’ll view it as such. It’s called a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

    This case could well be the fuse that ignites the powder keg of outrage that leads the nation into the first battle of a new war.

    And that “powder keg of outrage” is evidenced by a couple thousand right-wing nutjobs (and a few hispanics who thought they were going to an immigration rally) meeting at the Capitol a couple of weeks ago to tell the Supreme Court they don’t have the right to decide the case. Really, what else do they have? The truth is, as marriage equality has come to state after state, whether through popular vote, legislative action or judicial decisions, the reaction, even from the hard-core anti-gay right, has been incredibly muted. It seems most people just can’t get too worked up about it, no matter how hard you try (although I am more than sure that some nut will heed your warnings and decided to take out a few gay people after the decision is announced, sadly.).

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    just imagining a Derp Army with a fleet of Medicare-funded Hoverounds leading the charge.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    And despite their fantasies, there isn’t going to be any civil war fought over this.

    Ed, how can you say this? Have you forgot what happened to Canada?

  • llewelly

    It’s true. Why else would Obama pre-emptively invade Texas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    Love how he partially quotes Al Capone there.

  • samgardner

    Some of these people seem to want to latch onto any excuse for a civil war.

    I wonder how many said re-election of Obama would lead to a civil war?

  • samgardner

    Okay, so apparently judge Tom Head in Lubbock thought so…

    Apparently, his idea was that Obama was going to send U.N.troops to take over after re-election, and he was going to have to stand in front of a tank to stop them.

  • dingojack

    Was Tom Head gonna use a 2nd shopping-bag solution to stop the tanks, like this guy did?

    Dingo