Whenever a new poll comes out, it has to be read with healthy skepticism. Polls can be made to say just about anything the pollsters want it to say. Even when the results aren’t what the liberal media want them to be, they can write stories that downplay the “bad” and focus on the “good.” Good and bad, in these cases, being relative to the dominant liberal thought.
Still, the media is having a hard time spinning the results of the latest AP poll on gay marriage. Give them credit, though; they’re certainly trying their best. According to the poll, 44 percent of Americans support gay marriage. 39 percent oppose. The AP presents this as Americans being in favor of gay marriage, even though there is no majority consensus. Fine and dandy.
What they cannot push under the rug is a later question, which asks whether wedding-related private businesses should have to provide services for gay ceremonies. 57 percent of Americans believe that businesses should be allowed to refuse such services. Another 50 percent believe that state and local government officials should be able to opt out of performing ceremonies or issuing licenses if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
To put in another way, the poll was able to find majority opinions on only two questions, and neither of them go along with the predominate liberal thought on LGBT issues. Isn’t that something? You wouldn’t know it by looking at the state of the country, but it turns out that traditional values are alive and well in the USA. It turns out that some Americans have actually read the Constitution. In it, they didn’t find anything pertaining to gay marriage. Instead, they found the First Amendment. Remarkable.
In the poll results are a clear way forward for people on both sides of the gay marriage issue. There is middle ground. The problem is that the left doesn’t want to meet there. The left doesn’t just want gay marriage. This is just their way of systematically dismantling America’s conservative values. One step in a long, immoral journey. And that’s why it’s dangerous to step aside, shrug, and say, “Yeah, fine, get married, what do I care?” It is imperative to keep one question in mind: If we let them have this, what’s next?
If we give in on this issue, we’re saying that we hold gay rights above the rights of Christians. Above the rights of business owners who don’t want to compromise their beliefs. We’re saying that the left’s “morality” is constitutionally protected, but the right’s morality is not. We’re turning our backs on the very foundation of the country.
Many conservatives are sick of this issue, ready to throw in the towel and wash their hands of it. I’m almost there myself. What keeps me in the fight is that question. What’s next? Because if liberals have proven anything, it’s that they can win almost any war of attrition with their dogged, persistent propaganda. So give up if you want. Fly a rainbow banner on your porch if you like. But don’t be surprised when the left’s next pet “civil rights” issue is shockingly, disgustingly antithetical to your beliefs. As long as they know that, given enough time, they can push this country to accept almost anything, they will persist.
At some point, we’re going to have to dig our heels in. If not on this issue, then where? When?