In California, a judge has over-ruled a ballot referendum in which millions of voters affirmed a belief as ancient as humanity itself: namely, that marriage should be confined to a man and a woman, not a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, or any other arrangement.
At the University of Illinois, a Catholic professor has been reportedly fired for explaining Catholic teaching on homosexuality to students enrolled in a course on Catholicism.
What do these incidents have in common? A lot, really. Among them, they reveal the limits of liberal values like “tolerance” and “diversity.”
Under the umbrella of these empty slogans, liberals/progressives advocate all kinds of things, but, ironically, not everything. There is a limit to what they’ll tolerate. There is exclusion in their alleged inclusion. Their diversity is not completely, well … diverse.
Thus, we have the peculiar paradox of a toleration of “gay marriage.” The disciples of diversity welcome those who advocate the homosexual lifestyle, to the point sanctifying it via holy marriage—which is no less than a sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church, with roots as fundamental as the Garden of Eden. Yet, those who dare to dissent from orthodoxy are cast out, over-ruled, dismissed. They are heretics, instantly excommunicated. They are not tolerated.
Is this really diversity? No. This is diversity narrowed to the point where the word no longer applies. Indeed, words have meaning; or, at least, their supposed to have meaning—when it’s convenient, I suppose.
For that matter, a word in danger of losing its meaning—by the apostles of tolerance—is marriage. That’s a definition that must retain its sacred meaning.