Advancing Religious Liberty
4/26/11 at 01:38 PM 0 Comments

The Intolerance of the 'Tolerant'

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ADF Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks writes:

For years, those who advocate for same-sex “marriage” in this country have employed a semi-unilateral approach with their advocacy—if you think that children need a mother and a father, or that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, then there’s something wrong with you. At every turn, they have attempted to shame Americans into jettisoning their basic beliefs about marriage, and at any cost, especially civility. Victims of these reprehensible attacks have included politicians, corporate America, educational institutions, churches, and even private citizens, many of which the Alliance Defense Fund has defended in court.

And, for years, the Alliance Defense Fund and our allies have warned that the agenda driving same-sex “marriage” in this country, if allowed to persist, will have devastating consequences to our freedoms of conscience, religious liberty, and speech. Case after case, the ADF defends both individuals and entities persecuted for merely believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, or that children do best when raised by the mother and father who brought them into the world. And even though there may be genuine, good-faith disagreements regarding these topics, we’re still free to disagree, right? After all, this is America, right? Birthplace of free speech? Home of religious freedom and conscience? Apparently not.

Once again, those who demand that same-sex “marriage” be the law of the land have taken their bigotry and narrow-mindedness to new heights. No longer, in their eyes, can we have a free and fair debate about this topic, and never has the intolerance of this ideology been more evident than last week. When the U.S. House of Representatives hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement to defend the Federal Defense of Marriage Act in federal court, the viciousness of the attacks upon both General Clement and his law firm were unprecedented. One press release said that Clement’s firm’s “defense of the Defense of Marriage Act [is] a shameful stain on the firm’s reputation.” Those who believe that Federal DOMA is unconstitutional could not muster even one single professional remark about Paul Clement, his esteemed reputation as a Supreme Court advocate, or as one of our country’s finest modern day solicitor generals. All they could manage was “shame,” acrimony, bigotry, and prejudice.

Really? It’s “shameful” to believe that children need both a mother and a father? It’s “shameful” to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman? If this type of abhorrent attitude is disturbing to you, you’re not alone. Regardless of how you feel about same-sex “marriage,” do you really believe that this is how people who merely hold different ideas should be treated?

And not surprisingly, the venom spewed at Clement’s firm impacted its central nervous system, causing a shutdown and the hysterical severing of its agreement to defend Federal DOMA. This placed Mr. Clement in an uncompromising position, having already made a commitment to a client. Thus, we can now add to the list of victims created by the dogmatism of same-sex “marriage” advocates a former solicitor general, and one of the finest legal minds of our time. Fortunately, Mr. Clement would not be intimidated by those who sought to “shame” him for his decision to assist the House of Representatives in standing up for a bill that it enacted by an 84 percent margin. He found a new home and intends to continue his defense of marriage.

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