Rod Dreher gives us a tantalizing title of Dispatches From The Next Culture War (what he called it in his tweet--the title is less unusual). He's writing about how the GLBT rights people and the libertarians need to diverge as the GLBT rights folks are intent on forcing the heavy-hand of government into the non-discrimination business. He also writes about how a person undergoing transgender surgery, paid for by Medicaid), is a new progressive cultural icon.
He closes with bringing in an interview from the creator of the show Transparent:
Eventually we learn that Soloway has just left her husband and their seven-year-old son, and taken up with a lesbian poet, who is over the moon about how nothing binds our behavior except our own will. I urge you strongly to read the entire profile, because the ending will hit you like a thunderbolt, and tell you exactly what we are dealing with here. Trust me on this. Read it.The Omnivore urges you to read it too (you can just scroll to the bottom).
The Coming Culture War--And The NextThere are a few things to untangle here--and the terrain is tricky. Before we get to the meat of the post, let's note a few things:
- There is a difference between making a Christian wedding facilitator bake a cake for a gay wedding and having a Christian drug-store owner sell light-bulbs to a gay person. In the first case, there is, actually, a religious issue. In the second, there isn't. Having the government interfere in one but not the other might be a reasonable mid-point.
- Social Conservative unease over transgender and gay lifestyles should be expected: the change has been rapid. On the other hand, there were biblically-based objections to women voting and such and we seem to have survived that as a culture. It also seems unlikely than any damage done by "cultural degeneration" of LGBT acceptance could rival that "done by" contraception and no-fault divorce. In other words, The Omnivore has a little sympathy for people who feel like the ground shifted underneath them--but it looks less like a principled objection and more like "the willies." Of course stuff like the quoted article don't help . . .
That said, let's look at actual dispatches from the future culture war! Rod looked to the immediate future--but The Omnivore can see even further ahead: How about the next thirty years of The Culture Wars??
Give Me Crack and Careless Sex / Take The Only Tree That's Left / Shove It Up The Hole In Your Culture
Leonard Cohen--The Future--live version.
The 'Cyber-Sexual' Gender / Neko-Chan Orientation
Marriage Triads and Matrimonial Coercion
Sentenced to Distaff
Canada has often been "ahead" in terms of Progressive Legislation (in 2029 they recognized Animal-Personhood, something that is now only becoming popular in the US). Today, however, they have crossed a new rubicon: the use of gender-assignment as a judicial penalty. Pastor Luis Armstrong was sentenced to serve two decades as a woman using CRISPR-II invasive genetic restructuring and cybernetic hormonal implants.
The sentence was handed down by the Gender Courts for Louis' online sermons about the erosion of male rights and 'insanity' of "giving women the vote." Convicted under the International Trolling Act, Louis' speech was deemed a category 9 "microaggression" resulting in safe-place violation, dissonant idea pollution, and cultural heterodoxy.
Experts have speculated that Mr. Armstrong might be required to bear children if the technique is 100% effective.