I have been mulling over the topic of tyranny and the decay of civilizations the last several days due to a some books I've been reading, most particularly, The Path to Tyranny by Michael Newton and the novel Space Viking by H. Beam Piper, and a great many articles and news reports. I'm still in the midst of Newton's book, so I was not planning on writing anything on this topic this early but for a couple news items recently.
By now, almost everyone who follows the news has heard that our dear President has been nominated as the first gay president by Newsweek (much in the same way that Pres. Clinton was the first black president, although there are persistent rumors that Obama's new title may actually be true). The Newsweek cover even embellishes Obama with the obligatory halo, multicolored of course. (I won't get into the use of the halo to signify deification, but merely note that this is not the first or the last we will hear of Obama compared to God, or at least, a god). Undoubtedly, our pragmatic President timed his announcement supporting gay marriage to help raise money and solidify his support among the 1%.
The news has certainly emboldened progressives and gay rights activists. Thus, to the second news item: a Kansas town has added sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination ordinance, which applies to some (perhaps most) churches. From the Fox News article:
A Kansas town is divided over a law that would bar organizations including churches from discriminating against same-sex couples, with backers saying gays deserve the protection and critics complaining it's a case of government going too far.
The Hutchinson City Council voted 3-2 to add sexual orientation to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, which covers churches, as well as employers, restaurants and other local businesses. Churches that don't make their facilities available to the public would not be affected by the measure, and it would not cover same-sex marriages, which are illegal in Kansas.
"If a church has a parish hall that they rent out to the general public, they could not discriminate against a gay couple who want to rent the building for a party," states a fact sheet put out by the city prior to the vote.
The Rev. Michael Herring, of First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson, told FoxNews.com he was divided on the ordinance, saying he believes that individuals should not be discriminated against, but worried the local government was overstepping its bounds.
“For the city or the state or anyone to say, ‘We’re going to force this upon you,’ then I think this becomes a bigger issue,” Herring said. “My question is where does this stop?”