The time is rapidly approaching when opposition to LGBT rights will be judged the same way slavery and Jim Crowe are seen in most parts of the US today. But many faiths, especially Islam and Catholicism, have staked out arguably immovable, hard-line positions backed by centuries of tradition endorsed by authoritarian hierarchies at every level. It’s not just a modern trend, opposition to same-sex relations stretches back millennia, to the very origin of the underlying deities. How can they roll all that back, assuming they wanted to?
Think of the Vatican: Could Catholics — or for that matter conservative evangelicals or Muslims — simply conjure up a new theology embracing gay rights and downplay the past? Or are they trapped by their own theological and cultural inertia? It seems to me they’re damn if they do and damned if they don’t. They either risk civil war in their own ranks now, or they risk going the way of isolated whack-job Klannish cults in the near future.