Sherif Girgis

I wrote about this yesterday. I seriously hope that this is the last part because I simply cannot read any more of this vapid stuff. We only have so many brain cells. Part three is titled “Why Fight For Marriage?” After reading this, I have no idea. Nor do I think that anyone else is going to learn anything from the conclusion of this profoundly puffy polemic. Girgis is a true Defender of the Faith®. Perhaps, for him, that is all the reasoning that one needs.

Girgis is heavily invested in marriage discrimination. Towards the end Girgis calls for sustaining this conflict (and what appears to be his favorite hobby) well past our achieving national marriage equality, should that occur:

But if we cannot forfeit the cultural fight on marriage, and recent developments block any immediate victory, we must take the long view. We must do on marriage, even before we get a full-on “Roe on marriage,” what we’ve been doing for years on life issues, even after the actual Roe: investing the long-term political, legal, cultural, and spiritual capital to win down the line. And if redefined marriage is built upon a lie—about the human good and the common good—then it will eventually take its place on the ash-heap of history alongside so many other “inevitabilities” (like Marxism, or settled support for abortion access) built on lies. But to play our own part in dismantling the lie, we can never flag in bearing witness to the truth.

I have seen this before, likening marriage discrimination to anti-choice efforts. There are considerable differences. Among other things there are no dead fetuses. More importantly, in marriage equality states whatever interest there might have been in banning gay marriage, it seems to diminish as people realize the truth; There really is no effect on traditional marriage.

With all the verbiage in support of discrimination in essays, op-eds and amicus briefs, one thing has been noticeably absent. We never see a sentence that begins with “In Massachusetts …” followed by some evil emanation of marriage equality. After more than a decade we should know if same-sex marriage is causing Massachusetts to sink into the Atlantic after breaking off from the United States.

I hate to be the one to break it to Mr. Girgis but, in spite of all the noise, Roe is still the law of the land. Moreover, outside of his circle of faith, access to abortion is a settled issue. If anything hits the ash heap it’s probably that book authored by Girgis, Anderson and George.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.