Prop 8 Judge: “Religious beliefs … harm gays” (and other false facts on display)
I have many follow-up thoughts about the Prop 8 trial, but I am also pressed for time so I’m going to condense them….
First, much has been made in the mainstream press about Judge Walker’s “findings of fact” – almost all of which rest solely on his assertion that these facts are, in his opinion, simply true. Here’s Fact #77 (brought to my attention by the NOM blog):
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”
Notice that Judge Walker adds no caveats to his claim – he simply states it as a matter of fact (in his view) that religious beliefs as religious beliefs, whenever they express the claim that an active homosexual relationship is anything but fully equally to a heterosexual marriage … this religious belief, says Judge Walker, harms homosexual people. This is the sort of language that implies a homosexual couple could conceivably sue someone on the basis of their religious beliefs for damages if those religious beliefs hold that homosexual acts are sinful or in any way inferior to heterosexual acts.
The homosexual movement is not about equality, it is about reshaping the cultural landscape in a way that is totally at-odds with conventual morality and the truth claims of Christianity and traditional morality.
I hope it is also evident that Judge Walker’s other, numerous findings of fact need to be taken with a whole shaker full of salt.
I’ve been covering this issue over at the APP blog with some frequency:
- Video: Dr. Robert George discusses on PBS the legal future of the Prop 8 case
- Video: Maggie Gallagher defends marriage and the Constitution on CNN
- NRO: Judge Walkers Phony Facts
- Jennifer Roback Morse with the quote of the day: “By the time Judge Walker and his ilk are finished, there will be nothing left of marriage but a government registry of friendships.” [Read more here.]
- Rich Lowry also has a good one: “Behold the boundless power of Judge Walker — even gender distinctions can’t survive the awesome finality of his pronouncements.” [Read more here.]
More on this as I find the best of commentary, analysis and argument on it.