TFP Student Action is campaigning against marriage equality in Cincinnati. I have no idea what they hope to achieve post Obergefell. This seems like a futile enterprise.

As I have previously written, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property can be envisioned as a fusion of Opus Dei and the John Birch Society. Its roots are in ultra right wing (and violent) Latin American dictatorships opposing agrarian reform. TFP supported people like Augusto Pinochet, a corrupt tyrant guilty of hundreds of human rights violations.

TFP Student Action are those weird young white people with red sashes carrying heraldic flags. Some of them are from TFP’s own boarding school, St. Louis De Montfort Academy in Herndon PA. It is a small unaccredited fourth-rate secondary school with a voluntary teaching staff.

Getting back to their protest, they claim:

Wrapping up our weeklong caravan for traditional marriage, we joined forces today on the Feast of Christ the King with a second team of TFP members for a final day of campaigning in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. In total, we were 16 TFP Student Action volunteers.

After attending a beautiful Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish, we assembled at a busy intersection near a shopping center on Beechmont Ave. The message — God’s marriage = one man and one woman — was warmly welcomed.

Later on:

At the end, the opposition shouted, “It’s legal! Get over it!”

We replied, “It’s still wrong! Get over it!” and “An unjust law is no law at all” and “purity is the answer.”

The pro-homosexual activists stood there in shock.

First off, these kids belong in school rather than protesting a settled issue. This idea of an “unjust law” is intellectually dishonest. An unjust law would have to do an injustice or harm to someone. Who are those people harmed by same-sex marriage? After seven or eight years of litigation ending at the Supreme Court that question was never answered. Not by countless amicus briefs and not by Robert George’s book.

What these kids, and their adult enablers are really saying is that same-sex marriage is wrong because the Catholic Church doesn’t like it. According to our Constitution, the Church doesn’t have a say in the matter and these young people need some lessons in civics. Not only is this a futile endeavor but it is un-American. In spite of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment they seek to impose Catholic teachings on public policy. Fortunately they have failed but they will keep trying to chip away at American freedoms.

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.