Tale of Two Temperaments
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episode of The Edge with Paula Zahn examined Disney World’s
sponsorship of a Gay Day on its facilities. Director of the Culture
and Family Institute Robert Knight appeared on the program.
federal government should crack down on Disney’s abominable endorsement
of the sodomites. Our government must affirm America’s Judeo-Christian
heritage and set an example for our youth.” This is precisely what
Knight did not say. A truly tolerant man, he recognized
Disney’s right to hold such an event while criticizing the exercise
of that right with temperance.
Casey Martin recently triumphed in the Supreme Court: Thanks
to its construction of the Americans with Disabilities Act,
the PGA must exempt him from walking on a golf course. The athletic
circumstance of this decision should not obscure its fundamental
entailment that private organizations are not really private so
much for James Madison’s claim that “Government is instituted no
less for protection of the property than of the persons of individuals.”
respective methodologies of these individuals exemplify the essential
polarity between genuine liberalism and contemporary “liberalism”:
advocacy versus force. An old-fashioned liberal, to use Vladimir
Nabokov’s fine phrase, pursues his passions through persuasion,
whereas contemporary “liberals” pursue theirs through proscription.
Knight has not enlisted the State to mandate Judeo-Christian morality
against Disney, but Casey Martin has enlisted the most elitist branch
of federal power to coerce the PGA. The former seeks public consideration
of his values, the latter governmental imposition of his values.
could advocate an ADA for traditional values (the Americans for
Decency Act?) that would forbid “public accommodations” from promoting
homosexuality; he could ask the Florida legislature to pass a D.I.S.N.E.E.
(Demanding Iniquitous Sodomites Not Enjoy Endorsement) law. That
is, he could coercively implement his conviction that homosexuality
should not be celebrated.
supposedly intolerant Bible-thumper’s failure to do this contrasts
sharply with the supposedly innocent Martin’s deliberate use of
force to realize his desire. To describe the disparity in economic
phraseology, Knight’s efficacy is predicated upon a marketplace
of ideas (“This is what I believe and you should, too”) and Martin’s
upon a command ideology (“This is what I believe and you will, too”).
a non-golfer and non-golf enthusiast, I have no vested interest
in the PGA’s deformity by the Supreme Court. (I prefer racquetball.)
As citizens, though, we all have a vested interest in the private
obliteration of private immunity from political authority is a hallmark
of an omnipotent regime. Benito “Everything within the state, nothing
outside the state” Mussolini adored this kind of system, but fascism
is not an American value.
and corrosive rhyme in substance as well as sound; the deployment
of force corresponds to the diminishment of freedom. Conventional
wisdom holds that America’s Robert Knights are the threat to our
liberties, but a closer evaluation indicates otherwise.
me tolerant traditionalists over aggressive do-gooders any day.
Kantor [send him mail]
and lives in Boynton Beach, Florida