Matthew Harrison Brady: I do not think about things I do not think about.
Henry Drummond: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?
Inherit the Wind 1960
There was a moment during Sunday’s victory lap on the News shows for gay marriage and its media allies who support it that was very telling. Bob Schieffer the oldest and fairest (and that’s not saying much) of the Sunday Morning Hosts in the MSM had just finished speaking with Ted Olsen and brought on Tony Perkins of the Family Research Counsel to talk the Gay Marriage Issue.
TONY PERKINS: …We’re already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and in some cases even jail. I can’t think of anything that’s more un-American than that. So I think as Americans see that there’s a lot more to same-sex marriage than simply two people who love each other that they’ll have time to reconsider this and– and– and decide whether or not we want to trade fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for the right of two people who love each other, which they can do now. They can live together, but can they redefine marriage in the rest of society with it?
Now to us in Massachusetts and who have been following the ride of the tolerance police, those sentences are nothing extraordinary but Bob Schieffer had no idea what Tony Perkins was talking about
BOB SCHIEFFER: How is it that bakers and florists are being forced to participate in this? I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying here.
Perkins then educates him
TONY PERKINS: Well, we’re seeing in Washington State, Colorado, and some of the other states that have these anti– anti-discrimination statutes that are being imposed that when a same sex couple comes and says “I want you to take pictures of my wedding or I want you to bake a cake.” And they say, look, my religious convictions will not allow me participate in that, they’re literally being sued by the government, not the individuals, and they’ve even been adjudicated in such places as New Mexico. So we’re going to see a loss of religious freedom. There is no question about it. It’s already happening.
Schieffer seems to be totally caught off guard by this, as evidenced by his hesitation in the following question.
BOB SCHIEFFER: How many– how many lawsuits have been filed on that? Because I must say this is under my radar. I haven’t– I haven’t heard this.
Perkins educates him (emphasis mine)
TONY PERKINS: Well, you know, Bob, that’s a great point. Because the media’s not reporting on this because they realize there’s a lot more behind this than the marriage altar. It’s literally about altering the landscape of America. There are a number of suits. I mean just a few weeks ago in Colorado one was filed. So this is happening. And it’s the reality that people will come to face to face with over time because right now same-sex marriage is limited to twelve jurisdictions. And as more people see that their freedoms, the freedoms of parents to determine what their children are taught, to be able to live your life according to your faith, and all of that’s at risk here. I think people will say, wait a minute, that’s not– I gave a nod of affirmation but not to that. And– and so I– I do think there’s going to be time to rethink this.
Frankly I think the media totally agrees with the prosecution of people in this fashion so they find nothing incredible about it, hopefully thanks to Bob Schieffer’s age he might find the prosecution of Catholics and Protestants for following their religion worrysome as opposed to Justice Kennedy, Kagen, Sotomayor, Ginsberg and Breyer who declare them simply haters.
(BTW I include the other four as none of them has disavowed the language Justice Kennedy used.)
Now you might have missed this small exchange in the vast ocean of hagiography surrounding the case, but it is significant and If I was Tony Perkins I would offer the defendants in these cases as interview subjects to Mr. Schieffer. He is old enough to not worry about being invited to dinner parties for daring to talk about it.
Frankly If I was Brian Brown, and Tony Perkins or any of the other defenders of marriage I would make sure I had the defendants in these cases at every rally and on every TV Appearance from this point on.
Update: Left out the word “worrisome” in the paragraph beginning “Frankly I think” corrected.