Same-sex marriage foes set broader agenda: Conservatives target abortion, evolution, adoptions by gays
Now that Kansas voters have changed the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, what's next?
The Rev. Terry Fox of Wichita, one of the primary supporters of the same-sex marriage ban, said Christians have been energized by the debate over same-sex marriage and they are eager to flex their political muscles.
"This has awakened the body of Christ," Fox said.
Fox helped turn defeat of the amendment in the Legislature in 2004 to victory for his side at the polls Tuesday night. The amendment passed by 70 percent to 30 percent.
"We never dreamed we would have this margin of victory," he said.
Next in his sights, he said, is "keeping an eye on evolution and abortion clinics."
The reason the reactionary--reactionary
, not conservative--forces are so successful in this country right now is simple: They have achieved a singularity of purpose. They have one obvious mission--absolute power and control. They are collectively focused on their goal and are so well organized that a few stumbles along their path aren't going to even slow them down. Gay marriage, abortion, evolution, and the myriad other "conservative issues" are not distinct, individual problems they are trying to conquer; they are one and the same. They aren't even part of the end goal, but merely piles of brush in their path, obstacles to be forcibly moved and pushed out of the way. And it's not just a few people who clear the way, it everyone involved. A singularity of purpose. The same people who protest Planned Parenthoods are the same people who pressue school boards to teach Intelligent Design are the same people who are actively involved in banning gay marriage, and so on and so on, ad nauseum.
So far, it seems that their opponents (from now on referred to as "we") haven't figured this out yet. While we do fight tooth and nail every step they attempt to make, we treat each one as an individual problem, effectively (or purposely) ignoring their ultimate designs. This is largely a result of poor organization; while there are many of us in the fight, we are engaging only those problems that relate to our own various pet causes. Generally speaking, abortion-rights supporters aren't out campaigning for gay marriage, and opponents of Intelligent Design aren't escorting women into Planned Parenthood clinics. For us, each issue exists as a distinct entity, separate from all others, or loosely connected by such abstract ideals as liberty and justice. There's nothing inherently wrong with individually focused activity and lofty ideals, but when we're up against a group with the concrete motivation of eventual absolute power and which possesses a singularly focused collective will to achieve it, we need to get with the program.
The only times we do come together as a whole are when we stand together on street corners and shake signs and yell chants at passing cars, or mass together and march down city streets and shake signs and yell chants at each other (to be fair, in the latter, sometimes giant puppets are carried around and various forms of street theater are performed). All of that is nice, if all we want to do is make a statement. But statements don't accomplish anything aside from instilling a false sense in having accomplished something.
In order to accomplish something--anything--we
need what the Reactionary Right now has. We need a singularity of purpose. We need to treat all of these problems as one problem. No more picking and choosing--if you're a die-hard abortion rights activist, you need to be a die activist for everything else. Because there is
no "everything else". It is all one and the same. Our enemies know this, and we need to start playing their game.