And this news organization now crosses another threshold.
As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.
These unions are now the law of the land. And we would not entertain such criticisms that these unions are morally wrong or unnatural any more than we would entertain criticisms of interracial marriage or those claiming that women are less equal than men in the eyes of the law.
Did you get that? The Supreme Court has spoken, and that settles it. This means that the editors will not even entertain the possibility that the Supreme Court could be wrong. It’s a good thing they weren’t around when Dred Scott v. Sandford or Plessy v. Ferguson were decided. On their current principles, the editors would not have tolerated any dissent to slavery and segregation.
I agree with Albert Mohler that this kind of silliness represents the closing of the American mind. It’s not a serious argument but a bald attempt to silence and marginalize people who believe in traditional marriage. If you can’t win an argument, you shout down your opponents—or at least turn off their mic. And that’s what is happening here.
Expect to see more of it in days to come. You can also expect the American mind to be closing at the exact same pace as public forums begin to exclude opposing voices. So it begins.
UPDATE 6/27/15: I’m glad to see that the editor has walked this back. Read it here.