Crybaby Alert: Conservatives Feel Like Outsiders in Washington State
This story first appeared in The Seattle Times about 2 weeks ago, but made it to the pages of the Chicago Tribune just today. It seems that some Washington state residents are having a hard time accepting the will of their fellow citizens.
In the wake of Washington’s historic votes to legalize both same-sex marriage and marijuana use, some longtime conservatives say they’re contemplating moving to more like-minded states — say, Texas.
Bombarded with seemingly endless, breathless news coverage of same-sex couples getting married and respectable people lighting joints in public, some “no” voters say they consider themselves missionaries in a heathen world.
I’m sure nobody left-of-center in Texas can relate to this feeling at all…and life is probably a gumdrop candyland for Obama supporters in Oklahoma and Utah.
To David DeWolf, who teaches law at Gonzaga University, a Catholic institution in Spokane, the votes reflect individuals disconnecting from the rest of society, “elevating the desires of the individual over the needs of the community.”
Yes, the needs of the community dictate that drinking booze is cool while smoking pot is an abomination…and that homosexuals in committed relationships are not entitled to the rights afforded by marriage.
As you can probably guess, a lack of Christian faith is cited as a cause for these troubling developments.
“I feel like I’m living in pagan Rome,” said Dan Kennedy, CEO of Human Life of Washington
Our Gonzaga law professor agrees:
“The introduction of Christianity was the introduction of a way of understanding ourselves that says we’re made for better things, we’re capable of real charity and concern for one another and living a life of virtue.”
Christian virtues, which he believes were ignored in this election, have created “much of what we value in society,” DeWolf said. “In my mind, this is an unhappy reversion to a pagan understanding of ourselves and of society.”
This is my favorite passage:
Kennedy says friends have been talking seriously about moving to more conservative states, such as Texas.
“It’s not fun always feeling like an outsider,” he said. “I feel like I should carry around a sign that says, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ “
Might want to get with a homosexual (or a member of any minority group for that matter), Dan…he or she can almost certainly talk you through that.
I would like to serenade these brave culture warriors with this:
If your appetite for schadenfreude hasn’t been sated, you can read the whole thing here: