Across the media, and in gay-rights circles, observers have insisted we refer to [the victims] as 'queers' first and avoid turning them into 'disembodied, undifferentiated and abstract "human" lives', as one academic put it.... To allow their murder to be 'generalised', to refer to their slaughter as 'an attack on humanity', is wrong, commentators insist, because doing this erases their specific identities and the specific reason they were killed: their gayness. This is all meant to sound PC, and gay-friendly, an attempt to uphold the truth about what happened in Orlando; but in fact it exposes the profound anti-humanism of identity politics.
If the struggle for gay rights has taken on the qualities of a religious war, then that explains why people like Zack Ford spurn expressions of sympathy from religious conservatives like Russell Moore. No matter how much love and solidarity he expresses towards the suffering in Orlando and those who mourn, he is tainted by the impurity of his beliefs.
Both religious conservatives and LGBT activists ground their respective claims in metaphysics. To simplify: The first group believes that sexual mores are rooted in God-given teaching and the natural order. The second group believes every individual has the right to determine how to live sexually, and we each are duty bound to be true to ourselves, however we conceive the self. Each side champions what it considers a righteous cause that transcends mere personal interest. It is no wonder emotions are running so high, and so much righteous anger is in the air.
The Best Thing to Do for Your Kids
Finally, some indirect Father's Day advice from Frederica Mathewes-Green: "The High and Holy Calling of Being a Wife." There wasn't much that she said that didn't apply to me as a husband. And what exactly does that have to do with Father's Day? Precisely this: as has been often said, the most important thing we do in raising our kids is showing them what a good marriage looks like.
Grace and peace,