Being labeled a bigot today represents an extraordinarily low bar. If you find the idea of a male person inserting their reproductive organ into the waste evacuation orifice of another male person, ejaculating and calling it a gay lifestyle, repulsive, you’re a bigot? Why is the reality of what I delicately described in the previous sentence never mentioned in public discussions of gay rights? If you involuntarily recoil (inside, natch) when a male introduces another male as his “husband”, or a female person introduces another female person as her “wife”, you’re a bigot? If you believe that marriage is only the union of a man and a woman, under God, and intended to be a lifelong covenant (though too often sullied by sins leading to divorce), you’re a bigot? If you believe that the legally defined borders of our homeland are part of what defines the United States as a nation, and that we the citizens have the right and obligation to determine which immigrants can live here, you’re a bigot? If you believe that merit—ability and qualifications—should be the primary criteria for selective processes like employment and college entrance, regardless of ethnicity or gender, you’re a bigot? Okay, that makes me a bigot, but better that kind of bigot than a fool. Why? Let’s visit some proverbs of Solomon, for his comments on fools.
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes. there is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12. He who is often reproved but stiffens his neck will be suddenly broken beyond healing. Proverbs 29:1. A fool gives full vent to his spirit but a wise man holds it back. Proverbs 29:11. A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than 100 blows into a fool. Proverbs 17:10. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, only in expressing his own opinion. Proverbs 18:2. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:9-10.
How did we get to such a sorry state? A big reason was “constitutional divergence”. Say what? What does the Constitution have to do with being a bigot or a fool? I am going to refer to Christopher Caldwell’s argument in the February 2020 edition of Imprimis, entitled The Roots of our Partisan Divide. “The civil rights laws of the 1960s, and particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964, divided the country. They did so by giving birth to what was, in effect, a second constitution, which would eventually cause Americans to peel off into two different and incompatible constitutional cultures. This became obvious only over time. It happened so slowly that many people did not notice. The issue of constitutional divergence is most clearly seen in the rival understandings of rights. Under the old order, a citizen’s rights were violated when he was denied a trial, or his newspaper was shut down, or his goods searched without a warrant. Under the new order, increasingly since 1964, a person’s rights are deemed to have been violated if there is any disparity in outcomes affecting his life that can be alleged to have been the result of discrimination. I almost put plausibly alleged, but even that is not necessary any more. Who needs to prove anything if their rights have been violated?”
Some Original rights, granted by God, protected by the constitutional government: freedom of public speech; fair, impartial and speedy trials; freedom to worship the deity you believe in; protection from unlawful search and seizure of private property or arbitrary arrest; the right to vote for political candidates. Some New rights, granted by popularity seeking politicians and government bureaucrats, protected by mobs—Twitter, Facebook, Antifa, campus tribunals and their ilk—and unfettered, undefined accusations—bigot, homophobe, transphobe, islamophobe, racist, White supremacist: the right to be offended and aggrieved by contrary opinions; the right to call on government to shut down and penalize those opinions that you don’t agree with; the right to demand “reparations” from other taxpayers for wrongs committed (or imagined) in the past against people you don’t know but who happen to share similar melanin content or sexual proclivities.
Rights are either granted by God and protected by civil government, or they are granted by civil government and protected by a mob. If I claim my original rights, I am a bigot. If you claim the new rights, you’re a fool. Better a “bigot”.