God Love Ross Douthat

…and all practitioners of plain speech who dare to speak truth to power:

It may seem strange that anyone could look around the pornography-saturated, fertility-challenged, family-breakdown-plagued West and see a society menaced by a repressive puritanism. But it’s clear that this perspective is widely and sincerely held.

It would be refreshing, though, if it were expressed honestly, without the “of course we respect religious freedom” facade.

If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.

The Republican elite’s secret weapon is that compared to the Left’s open and naked hostility to religious believers, benign neglect and disinterest is vastly preferable. One of Romney’s aces in the hole is that the Left may not be able to restrain its idiotic persecuting contempt for, you know, the overwhelming majority of Americans. Romney may luck out if the anti-Judeo Christian fascists refuse to learn from the Chik-Fil-A effect and cannot bring themselves to restrain their naked hatred and intolerance.

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