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Apr 01 2013

Maggie Gallagher and the Inevitability of Equality

Jonathan Chait has a column about how the changing views of Maggie Gallagher show the inevitable decline of the anti-equality arguments concerning marriage. She hasn’t changed her view on whether gay couples should be allowed to marry, of course, but she’s certainly change her reactions to the reality of what has happened over the last ten years.

As Chait notes, she initially held out great hope that public opinion would continue to be on her side despite the evidence that young people were strongly pro-equality. She constructed all kinds of rationalizations for why the accumulating data on the growing public acceptance didn’t really represent the truth she sought to deny. Faced with a torrent of evidence on this, she pretended that young people would reverse themselves, saying, “Right now, it’s ‘cool’ to be pro-gay marriage. In ten years, it will be what the old folks think.” Wishful thinking at its most incoherent.

But now, Gallager seems resigned to the inevitability that she has lost this battle, no matter what the Supreme Court rules on the present cases. So now she takes solace in the “fact” that God is on her side and we’ll all get ours when we die:

What future commentators write about me (if they write about me at all which I doubt) when I am dead won’t matter much. I will by then be in the hands of a Judge both just and (thankfully) merciful, a world where truth counts. I’m not triumphal about that fact, I suspect we will all be surprised to discover first-hand how dark the sins we justified in this world really are — when our self-imposed veils of ignorance are removed. We’ll see how much we all require mercy. In the meantime let’s love each other as best we can, but always, always in truth.

Wow, that is just dripping with pathos. Future generations will think about Gallagher exactly what I already think about her: She’s a bigot who devoted her life to denying equality to those her barbaric god disapproves of. And guess what? Nearly every bigot in history has comforted themselves with the thought that they were on the side of the angels, but they all ended up being viewed as they truly were by future generations. The same will happen to Gallagher. Hell, it’s already happening.

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  1. 1
    raven

    She should drink more xian cult Koolaide.

    It is guaranteed to hold reality at bay.

    In fundie world, god wields lightning bolts and strikes down anyone they don’t like. When he isn’t sending hurricanes and tornados into the fundie heartland of the south central USA.

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    Gretchen

    I suspect we will all be surprised to discover first-hand how dark the sins we justified in this world really are

    No, I’m sorry. If you’re too dim to discover what an asshole you’re being in this life, that’s the only chance you get.

    Might as well take advantage of it, right?

  3. 3
    Michael Heath

    Maggie Gallagher:

    What future commentators write about me (if they write about me at all which I doubt) when I am dead won’t matter much. [...] We’ll see how much we all require mercy [Biblical version of Judgement Day]. In the meantime let’s love each other as best we can, but always, always in truth.
    [emphasis Heath's]

    What I bold her deserves Ms. Gallagher the Bryan Fischer award for psychological projection.

    Ed responds to Gallagher’s pathos:

    Future generations will think about Gallagher exactly what I already think about her: She’s a bigot who devoted her life to denying equality to those her barbaric god disapproves of.

    Well, my first impression of her is that she’s a serial liar who predominately relies on dishonest arguments very popular amongst conservative Christians. Certainly her bigoted arguments justifies and obligates moral people to dismiss the arguments she and her conservative Christian allies use. But before I get to that attribute she’s first worthy of disqualification because of her serial dishonesty; as are her allies’ arguments as well.

  4. 4
    ph041985

    Future generations won’t think about her, period.

  5. 5
    tuxedocartman

    It’s statements like this that make me want to string them up and beat them with their holy book until candy comes out. All this, “Aww… why can’t we just love one another ” bullshit… while actively fighting to keep people from loving whomever they desire!

  6. 6
    tuxedocartman

    Comment fail. The statement that annoyed me was, ” In the meantime let’s love each other as best we can…”

  7. 7
    democommie

    “It’s statements like this that make me want to string them up and beat them with their holy book until candy comes out.”

    Fuck, yeah! I never, Never, EVER vote for anybody but ME to get a “Nettie”, but this is just too good to be petty about–and I’m stealing it!

    Maggie, honeydouche, I hate to break it to ya, but there will be more people talking about Jobless Pat in his moms’s fucking basement. Per Gretchen’s suggestion; stop and smell the roses–make sure, though, to pull your head out of your ass, first.

  8. 8
    pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile

    I don’t know who the hell this douche is anyway.

    “…a world where truth counts.” Yes, a world where truth is routinely defined as truth without anything to back it up, and where truth is denied by the Xian nutbags whenever it contradicts their god.

  9. 9
    fifthdentist

    Apparently her crystal ball has been broken or her transmissions from Jeebus have been garbled since at least 2003:

    “How does this apply to Iraq? For one thing, as Michael Novak has pointed out, the war with Iraq is not a pre-emptive war. It is a war made necessary by the failure of a military aggressor to abide by the terms of its peace agreement, after its invasion was forcibly repelled. …
    “Meanwhile, how many people Saddam kills, rapes and tortures(•) remains his own business unless he threatens to invade another country. What he does with terrorists is also his own business unless a smoking gun can be found. What the international economic sanctions needed to degrade his military power do to ordinary Iraqi people is also none of our business.
    “The anti-war strategy thus amounts to substituting vast civilian suffering for direct attacks against military targets. Is this just? The war envisioned by the Bush administration is less a war against Iraq than a war against the bloody Hussein regime, using postmodern warfare methods, which tend to reduce civilian casualties through precise targeting.” — http://townhall.com/columnists/maggiegallagher/2003/03/07/is_war_with_iraq_just/page/full/

    • Killing, torturing and raping Iraqis is bad, mmmmkay? Unless it’s Americans killing, torturing and raping some freedoms into them.

  10. 10
    slc1

    I wonder how she is planning to reply when the big guy asks her why she had a child out of wedlock.

  11. 11
    Taz

    when our self-imposed veils of ignorance are removed

    If you’re so sure those veils exist why don’t you try discovering and removing them while you’re still alive?

  12. 12
    Gretchen

    Well Taz, because the veils are self-imposed. And Maggie’s got a chunk of fabric in each of her fists and is holding on for dear life.

  13. 13
    John Hinkle

    …we will all be surprised to discover first-hand how dark the sins we justified in this world really are…

    She’s talking, of course, about eating shellfish.

  14. 14
    Worldtraveller

    Hey, give the lady a pass, that shrimp cocktail was just too fresh to pass up.

  15. 15
    slc1

    It appears that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is now “evolving” on the subject of same sex marriage. Of course, she was primaried by the tea baggers in 2010 and won a write in campaign anyway, beating the Rethuglican who beat her in the primary. Thus, she owes nothing to the tea party fucktards.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/28/lisa-murkowskis-views-on-gay-marriage-evolving/

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