Steyn I-Told-You-So Moment
January 7, 2014
Notwithstanding the distaste of my editor, National Review did at least publish my column on "Duck Dynasty". Apparently, The Orange County Register chose not to - presumably because a piece on the narrowing bounds of acceptable public discourse was deemed to be beyond the bounds of acceptable public discourse.
But perhaps Orange County readers didn't need to see it. After all, my August column for the paper prefigured all the issues that came into play in the Phil Robertson showdown:
And so it has proved. GLAAD's spokesgay grasped as much. When the backlash against the GLAADhanding began, he retreated in TV interviews to complaining that Robertson's memories of the southern blacks he knew in his youth were "racist". People are not, yet, not quite, ready to see the gay card played as wildly as the race card, but it's in the same hand. Back in August, the offending party was, of all people, Jeremy Irons, who like Phil had made the mistake of giving his interviewer an honest answer to an unsought question on matters gay - and immediately prompted headlines about his "anti-gay rant":
As for religion:
Hence Barack Obama and the Democrats' marked rhetorical preference for "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion". The latter informs your entire life, the former is an hour on Sunday morning - after which you exit the premises and re-submit to the one-party state's ruling ideology:
As I've said, my editor at National Review and apparently at The Orange County Register are no bloody use in these battles. Every time you allow the thought-enforcers to add the scalp of a Jeremy Irons or a Phil Robertson to their trophy room, you're licensing the next sacrificial victim. Enough.
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