Human relations are particular. I form connections to X, Y and Z based on their (and my) goals, qualities and situations. Such things vary endlessly, so human relations vary endlessly as well, in ways that can’t be controlled or even defined in any comprehensive way.
Liberals believe in nondiscrimination and inclusion. Nondiscrimination and inclusion forbid distinctions, and so are a matter of making all relations among human beings identical. It follows that unless nondiscrimination and inclusion are defined narrowly (for example, to require that everyone be charged the same price for a can of tuna fish) they are radically at odds with human life as it is inevitably carried on.
The problem is that liberalism cannot define nondiscrimination and inclusion in a limited and practical way, because for liberals they substitute for religion and so must be infinite. It is for that reason that any discrimination at all has come to be viewed as an intolerable evil that pollutes whatever it touches and must be rooted out at whatever cost.
Hence the tendency of advanced liberalism to become tyrannical and obscurantist. People can’t be allowed to govern themselves or think for themselves in any serious matter, because the way they live must perpetually be purified from the consequences of natural human tendencies basic to all human relationships. All human relations everywhere must constantly be straightened out comprehensively, in detail, and if necessary by force.
Here, consequently, are some indications of the direction things are heading in connection with the current campaign to make homosexuality identical in significance to normal sexuality:
- The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has warned that clergy who distribute the Vatican’s latest publication on homosexual activity could face prosecution under “incitement to hatred” legislation. In case you were wondering, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties thinks that’s a good idea.
- “Gay rights” advocates working at the UN put on a conference, Kofi Annan attending, planning ways and means to push the gay agenda into international law and practice.
- And in England, a couple of Anglican clerics took a more direct approach, physically assaulting a Kenyan Bishop for opposing the Gene Robinson appointment.
The consolation in all this is that a comprehensive system of tyranny that opposes natural human tendencies won’t work and won’t last. It can do a lot of damage, though, and the example of the ex-communist countries shows that the damage can be very lasting. For the sake of humanity, therefore, we must fight it every way we can.