Righteous Rage

Heya Perry-

I had read about the Supreme Court ruling against the Boy Scouts. Like you, I'm a little unsettled by the decision, but being righteously indignant about the decision in and of itself would be akin to coming across a signpost indicating "Utter And Complete Social Chaos, 5mi" and fleeing in terror from the sign itself.

My first attempt at understanding this decision, like most things, was to turn it inside-out. Let's imagine what would happen if, say, an African-American person filed suit against the Ku Klux Klan because, oh, during a cross-burning a breeze kicked up and blew off his/her (her?!) pointy little hood, and, whoop! they were summarily dismissed from the Klan.

Now this seems like a pretty reasonable negative-universe kinda interpretation of real-world events. My first reaction to this incident wouldn't be one of righteous rage for justice denied, but rather, a mix of "What in the hell were you thinking?" and "What exactly were you trying to accomplish?" Not because the hero of our story was gay/ethnic/handicapped/abused-as-a-child, but because this organization was here before they were, and their very reason for being is antithetical to his/her lifestyle.

But, more importantly (and interestingly), what kind of precedent does this have the potential to set? If it's true that you can't choose to be straight any more than you can choose to be rich, aren't, say, exclusive golf and yachting clubs in the path of this kind of thinking ? What business do I have being in such an organization when I don't have three summer homes, a private plane, and don't even like golf ? Does a militaristically atheistic family have the right to enroll their child in a traditional Lutheran school and call the shots about what the kid can and can't hear ? And at what point will I be able to make you paint your car grey just because I'm colorblind ? It's not far; there's already legislation pending across the pond where people want to be vicars in the Church of England despite their personal small departures from the generally recognized rules -- small departures, mind you, like lack of belief in God. And being gay. Small things most people wouldn't notice.

Attitudes are the real disabilities. The number of people who see the lifestyle choices they have purchased with the same amount of freedom afforded to everyone else as liabilities is growing out of control. It's just another day.


P.S. Can you tell I'm a libertarian yet ?