Anyone wondering why religious people still support Donald Trump, despite his flaws, need only watch a recording of the Democrats’ fanatical LGBTQ Town Hall last week.
From Elizabeth Warren mocking religious males as incapable of finding a wife to Beto O’Rourke’s promise to strip tax benefits from religious institutions, or Cory Booker’s assertion that Catholics use religion to justify discrimination, you see the ugly face of militant secularism and coercion.
It is frightening that every one of the nine Democratic candidates who took part in the CNN event has signed up to extreme policies which attack religious liberty and radically redefine gender.
But it is also baffling as a political strategy designed to win hearts and minds next November.
Warren’s insult to religious voters was an echo of Hillary Clinton’s disastrous characterization of Trump supporters as “deplorables … racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”
Asked what she would say to a supporter who opposes same-sex marriage, Warren replied: “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” as if no woman believes in traditional marriage.
“And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.’ I’m cool with that. Assuming you can find one.”
It’s such a cheap insult, as if no man with socially conservative views could be appealing to a woman, when the opposite so often is the case.
The answer encapsulated the nasty, condescending tone of the candidates toward the one-third of Americans who believe in traditional marriage.
But it was tame compared to the gender-related aspects of proceedings, with interjections from the floor by transgender activists. There was a woman who talked about her “9-year-old transgender daughter,” as if the child spontaneously had made such a life-changing decision.
Another transgender woman berated CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson for inadvertently mispronouncing her name: “It’s violence to misgender or to alter a name of a trans person.”
When Kamala Harris introduced herself with the pronouns “she, her and hers,” as if there were any doubt, the comical element of mainstream candidates tying themselves up in knots to pander to gender ideology proved irresistible for CNN host Chris Cuomo.
“Mine too,” he quipped, ensuring the wrath of the rainbow gods and an abject apology on Twitter later.
It just went to show that you can never be woke enough to meet the rapidly escalating demands of modern identity politics.
Every candidate dutifully did what was expected in that forum, affirming the notion of gender identity as unmoored from biological sex and embracing a transgendered reordering of society far removed from the real lives of most voters.
In the meantime, the candidate who created the most consternation in conservative circles was O’Rourke.
Asked if religious colleges, churches and charities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage, Beto answered “Yes!” without a moment’s reflection.
“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” he said.
To his credit, Pete Buttigieg, the only gay candidate and the most rational, later said Beto didn’t understand the implications of “going to war not only with churches, but I would think with mosques and a lot of organizations that may not have the same view of various religious principles that I do.”
But for all Mayor Pete’s common sense, the extreme intolerance against religion and social conservatives which Beto unthinkingly embraces suddenly has become the default Democrat position.
The illiberal left is not even hiding its desire to impose its will on the majority.
The antidote to all this nonsense was a brilliant speech Saturday by Attorney General Bill Barr at Notre Dame.
The militant secularism on display at the Democrats’ town hall is what Barr calls “organized destruction . . . an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”
We see “the steady erosion of our traditional Judeo-Christian moral system and a comprehensive effort to drive it from the public square . . . By any honest assessment the consequences of this moral upheaval have been grim.
“Virtually every measure of social pathology continues to gain ground . . .
“Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.
“These instruments are used not only to affirmatively promote secular orthodoxy but also to drown out and silence opposing voices and to attack viciously and hold up to ridicule any dissidents.”
The irony, he points out, is that militant secularism is a form of religion, with “all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication.”
Whether the Democrats know it or not, Barr was describing how socially conservative and religious Americans feel about their policies.
It’s why President Trump received a rapturous welcome Saturday night from religious conservatives who underpinned his 2016 election victory and are even more rock solid today, despite the scandals and “potty mouth” for which Warren likes to scold him.
“They’re coming after me because I’m fighting for you,” Trump told the Value Voters Summit in Washington, DC. Ain’t that the truth. The Democrats spelled it out Thursday night.
‘Greta’ luck next time!
What bad luck for Greta Thunberg that she missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.
Instead, the Oslo grandees chose Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, when all he’s done is end 20 years of war with Eritrea.
How dare they!
Better luck next time.
But what Thunberg’s United Nations harangue has achieved is endless amusement for Internet jokesters who have been playing around with “How dare you!” memes ever since.
When you think about it, the catchy three-word slogan has a multitude of uses.
It could, for instance, be adapted into the perfect Democratic campaign motto for finger-wagging scolds like Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi and the Squad.
“How dare you, Donald!”
It’s really all they’ve got.
Selfish seniors need new hobby
Jane Fonda made news when she was arrested last week at the age of 81, looking glamorous in bright red at a climate-change protest in Washington. But she was hardly a demographic outlier, judging by the assorted gray heads blocking traffic at the latest “Extinction Rebellion” protests in Times Square.
It seems that reliving their rebellious youth is the new retirement pastime of aging baby boomers. Forget ocean cruises and RV road-trips, in their minds they’re back at Woodstock.
Lucky them, they don’t have to worry about getting to work on time like all the people they inconvenience.