Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Schlafly: 'Libertarian Support for Gay Marriage Rooted in Communist Attack on Family'

The corpse pretending to be Phyllis Schlafly is red baiting or gay baiting or … something. In an Op-Ed in the Christian Post, Schlafly explores the works of some prominent laissez-faire enthusiasts. She then answers a rhetorical query:
If nothing in Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard or Ayn Rand supports the abolition, redefinition, or privatization of marriage, then where did those ideas come from? The answer is that they came from writers on the left -- most significantly, from The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and published in 1848.

Eureka! It's those commies who done it. Evan Wolfson is in for quite a shock. I knew all along that there was something strange about Ted Olson.

Aside from the fact that Schlafly is making an unfounded assumption, the logic is fatally flawed. There is no evidence to support the claim that advocates of marriage equality are proponents of “the abolition, redefinition, or privatization of marriage.” Schlafly continues with her fantasy:
A major part of The Communist Manifesto is its unrelenting attack on the so-called "bourgeois family," which Marx believed was responsible for the inequality he despised. If communism was to succeed, he wrote, the bourgeois family had to be done away with.The bourgeois family is the Marxist term for what modern liberals call the "Ozzie and Harriet" or "nuclear" family.
That may very well be but there remains no connection to libertarians who support marriage equality. When we get to Schlafly's conclusion to this bit of the bat we can truly savor her intellectual dishonesty if not her detachment from reality:
As conservatives seek new leadership for 2016 and beyond, let's insist on candidates who recognize that marriage and the nuclear family are the essential foundation of a free and prosperous society.
Right. That is precisely why we are encouraging the acceptance of same-sex marriage. It has no effect on the marriages of heterosexuals, who they marry, when they marry or the children that the marriages do (or don't) produce. However, it means that gay partners and their children can enjoy the benefits (and responsibilities) of the nuclear family. As Schlalfy states, marriage is essential to a free and prosperous society. Schlafly, however, is mired in the 1960's with a detour for a dip in the Reagan pool. It's called The Twilight Zone.

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