[update at the end]
Peter Thiel ( I think his name was), founder of PayPal, gave a speech last night during which he announced how “proud” he was of being gay. (That means ‘homosexual’ for you linguistic revanchists). I am heterosexual, but have never been proud of it. I was glad of it, once I figured out what it was good for, but never proud, since I was in no way responsible for possessing it. When I say “I am heterosexual,” I mean that it is intrinsic to my very being. When a man says he is homosexual, isn’t he saying the same thing? So why then is he proud of it, as though it were some sort of accomplishment, when in fact it can only be a gift from God? If it is a gift from God, why do I never hear homosexuals thanking Him for it?
Later, Donald Trump reached out enthusiastically to the “LGBTQ community.” He was very pleased with the crowd’s approval of Thiel’s speech. Now, I don’t think that Mr. Trump, prior to the speech, would have known to put the ‘Q’ into the community without proper instructions from a speechwriter. I don’t think he knew what it stands for. Just guessing, of course. It’s kind of funny, too, since during the campaign Mr. Trump found occasion to roundly denounce Mr. Romney as a loser, but in their attempts to suck up to that ‘community’, they sound a whole lot alike .
Owing to some urgency, I had to leave the room a couple times during the speech, but in what I did hear the word ‘unborn’ never made a sound. Other matters interest me as well, such as forcing women to register for the draft and compelling combat units to admit them to their ranks. Some still think that allowing openly declared homosexuals and the ostensibly transgendered to serve remains problematic, but I doubt – should Mr. Trump denounce this ongoing attempt to transform the military into a Disney Park for sexual utopians – that it would go over very well with Mr. Thiel. So I don’t expect that he will.
He did make some noise about replacing Antonin Scalia with another one. You know, the Scalia who hated abortion and the same-sex mimickry of marriage. Suppose he got his Scalia 2.0. He might even get 2.1. And what if this new and wondrously conservative court overturned Obergefell vs. Hodges? What’s he going to say to the ‘LGBTQ community’ then? Or will he litmus-test his Scalia clones to make sure they’re only Scalia-lite?
Another topic that interests me is the conscience rights of people who don’t want to facilitate the moral mayhem: photographers, bakers and candlestick makers, for example, who refuse to cater to the marriage mimics. Mr. Trump did thank the evangelicals for their support, but I didn’t hear any promises to actually do anything. Well, as I said, I had to leave the room so I might have missed something. But I doubt it.
By the way, what self-respecting evangelical Christian would support this man? Who are these people? What creed do they hold that allows them to imagine they also heard echoes of it in last night’s speech?
There was a movie once called Left Behind. If I recall, what happens in that story is that a thing called the Rapture descends upon mankind and all the good Christians get spirited off to be with Jesus, while those of whom He says “I never knew you” get…left behind. I’m not sure what their ultimate fate was since I never read the book or saw the movie. But after watching the euphoria of last night’s proceedings, that’s how I feel, like one of those left behinders. All the good Republicans have gone to join the new savior, while I got left behind. It’s not Trump’s fault, though. The process began a long time ago and last night was nothing more than (to descend to cliché) a nail in my coffin.
[of interest: at NR, Maggie Gallagher gives a broader overview of the problem, and an unflattering profile of the real political leanings of the Trump family. It's mostly quite good. But then she says this: "Peter Thiel was right to say he’s a proud gay man but wrong to say that the culture wars over transgender bathrooms don’t matter." Are these things not connected? Even this great warrioress in defense of marriage seems to want to have it both ways.]