By Joseph C. Phillips
Few things are as disheartening as listening to conservatives completely miss the point and therefore miss an opportunity. Such was the case when Conservatives argued that religious liberty, as opposed to private property rights, should enable bakers to refuse to bake cakes for homosexual weddings. Conservatives are now repeating their folly in their response to the recent Supreme Court Ruling effectively making homosexual marriage the law of the land.
Almost to a candidate, the GOP presidential hopefuls all responded to last week’s ruling by vowing to fight religious persecution. What they should have been talking about was big government. They should have been asking why the government is in the business of issuing marriage licenses in the first place, and vowing to get Uncle Sam out of the marriage business once and for all.
Rand Paul came closest to the bulls-eye when he wrote for Time Magazine: “…resist any intrusion of government into the religious sphere” — and that means ending marriage benefits like tax breaks and getting government out of the institution altogether.
“Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do — taxed it, regulated it, and now redefined it…”
Typical of the left, gays and lesbians and their progressive allies believe that morality is achieved through bureaucratic administration. However, as a friend of mine put it so brilliantly: “Traditional marriage doesn’t involve government. This point is still being missed by the people who believe government can create a moral society with the ‘right’ laws.”
Alas, that point is also being missed by conservatives who claim to believe in limited government. Hey! Did it ever occur to any of you guys to actually argue for limiting government?