There is no fury like conservatives scorned. I sampled the start of Joseph Bottum’s essay, and some of the comments here and there especially. To be accurate, it’s really a trait of human nature, not just conservatives. The fury, I mean.
People like to be part of a flock or a school. Everybody moving together at the same speed and the same direction. But really: are we animals, that the slightest deviation from the norm will throw a few neighbors off and cause them to budge their neighbors? Will the domino effect doom the whole tribe? Some people think so, it seems.
Friends and readers know I do not shoal. I certainly don’t with my more excitable political sisters and brothers in Catholicism. Gathering in a large group is suitable for Mass. Maybe a sporting event now and then. But even then, if I brush against evil behavior in the Scriptures, I’m not going to take it as given. Likewise, I don’t boo or taunt in stadiums and arenas. I always brought a book or bought a program at hockey games. When the mob stood for a fight, then it was my time to review statistics in the glossy or catch up on a bit of cosmology.
This post isn’t about another Catholic traitor. In the abstract, politics holds little to vanishing interest for me these days. If I want to get active about something, I’m far more enlivened about lassoing people into the faith. Or deeper faith than what they’ve known.
As conservatives trot out the argument of prudence on things they wrestle with–immigration or capital punishment or unlawful imprisonment–I don’t see how they can get around the postulation that maybe, just perhaps, some people are born gay and that’s how God made them, Torah tunnelvision notwithstanding.
For the weekend it seems that same-sex people get a reprieve while Mr Bottum gets thrown to the sharks or some deep circle of hell. Just for the appearance of cavorting with liberals (Robert Royal’s epithet). As in many e-places, the issue doesn’t live up to the promise of a real discussion. Let’s just search for the peripherals in the story and latch on to those.