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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  • D. C. Sessions

    What an amazing coincidence!

    History appears to be unconcerned about Morse, too.

  • dingojack

    But, but, but….

    Not allowing homosexuals to marry each is traditional.

    “… 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.” (and besides we’ve always been at war with Eurasia). Oh wait. I forgot that special pleading isn’t supposed to work both ways.

    Perhaps she could at least get a Bryan Fischer Award before history forgets what’s-her-name altogether…

    Sorry, what were we talking about?

    Dingo

  • colnago80

    Sometimes referred to as whistling past the grave yard.

  • vmanis1

    Well, she does have a point. Consider Chief Justice Taney, who wrote the Dred Scott decision. I doubt he worries much nowadays about how history views him.

  • tiredofusernamerules

    “that it wasn’t really their fault.”

    I wonder what “it” is? I still haven’t been able to discern what horrible thing will happen if gay people (continue to) get married.

  • ianeymeaney

    This puts her in the same category as Strom Thurmond, “all the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.”

    50 years from now, everyone will look back and realize what an absolute bass-ackward mentality she has.

  • steve84

    Morse was too crazy even for NOM. That’s why they severed their association. She is completely deranged.

  • Childermass

    Of course she believe it. Most people are the hero in their own inner world.

    As the movie that is one slot above “Persecuted” in the worst opening weekend box office per theater for movies since 1982 told us “You’re a hero to your ego, a legend in your mind.”

  • I saw JRM* in person a few years ago. She looks like her grasp of reality is below the Gordon Klingenschmidt threshold.

    *Pronounced like “germ.”

  • John Pieret

    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.

    Yeah, Mildred Loving was looking for the exits, trying to pretend that it had nothing to do with her when she said:

    I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry… I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

    But, Ms. Morse, you are right not to worry about the judgment of history because pissants like you are going to be forgotten in a historical instant.