It is time for the left to look in the mirror. The so called "politics of hate" which liberals accuse conservatives of utilizing are actually a favorite tool of the liberal left.
Never has that been more obvious than in the debate about the rights of homosexuals to marry, or, to put it factually—states' right to define marriage as that between a man and a woman. To be clear, I have no problem at all living in a state where homosexuals can marry. I also believe that states, under the federal constitution, should be able to define marriage because they are not prohibited from doing so.
Scanning national media over the last several days, one sees words such as homophobia, bigotry and xenophobia thrown like confetti by liberals at anyone who dare say that under the federal constitution, states have the right to define marriage. These scare tactics are actually working—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, felt compelled to appear on national TV and explain that Catholic religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman forever, to create life is not bigotry but a religious teaching. The left's response—not enough. Nothing is enough short of changing religious doctrine to fit the beliefs of the liberal masses.
Therein is a huge constitutional problem. As I read the constitution and its amendments, I do not see any constitutional right to marry, but I do see a constitutional right for freedom of religion. This is the exact freedom which pilgrims to the United States have been seeking for hundreds and hundreds of years. It is true that race based definition of marriage is unconstitutional under the amendments passed after the Civil War, but the issue there is racial discrimination, not the right to marry.
The fact that on most news outlets it was impossible to watch anything but a discussion of gay marriage over the last week is puzzling. This country is crawling economically, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and North Korea and Iran are threatening our national security daily, but these issues are getting little, if any, airtime. The intimidation campaign of the left against any who disagree takes precedence.
It is unquestionable that the decision on states' rights to define marriage will be a seminal one either way it comes down. It is this author's hope that the justices of the Supreme Court will decide the cases based on the Constitution and not the bullying tactics of the left.