Morse Not Worried About History

Morse Not Worried About History July 29, 2014

Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Ruth Institute was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently and was asked whether she was concerned about being judged by history as being on the side of bigotry and discrimination. She put on a brave face:

On the contrary, [same-sex marriage proponents] are the ones who are going to be embarrassed. They are the ones who are going to be looking around, looking for the exits, trying to pretend that it had nothing to do with them, that it wasn’t really their fault.

I am not the slightest bit worried about the judgment of history on me. This march-of-history argument bothers me a lot. … What they’re really saying is, “Stop thinking, stop using your judgment, just shut up and follow the crowd because the crowd is moving towards Nirvana and you need to just follow along.”

Maybe she really believes that. Maybe she’s just pretending. If she really believes it, I would love to make a sizable bet with her on that first statement. There is no doubt in my mind at all that the opposite will be true, that not only will most Christians drop their opposition to same-sex marriage over the next decade or two (a lot of them already have, of course), but that before long they’ll be claiming it was their idea all long. Just like they did with slavery, women’s rights and black civil rights.

And wouldn’t it be amusing if the pro-segregation side would have said “they’re just trying to make us stop thinking for ourselves” when told, 50 or 60 years ago, that they would be viewed as bigots by the overwhelming majority of society before long? We’ve seen this movie before, we know how it ends.

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