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You will join the freedom of religion witch hunt ... or else

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Opinion,Op-Eds,Gay Marriage,Obamacare,Abortion,First Amendment,Freedom of Speech,Freedom of Religion,Contraception

First, same-sex marriage activists said you will be punished if you don't want to participate in a same-sex wedding (e.g., the New Mexico photographer in Elane Photography v. Willock).

Then they said you'll be punished if you simply support the definition of marriage as a man and a woman (e.g., Brendan Eich, the Benham brothers).

But the same-sex marriage movement’s appetite for McCarthyism is insatiable. Now we’re learning that, even if you publicly support same-sex marriage, you’ll still be punished if you think other people should not be punished for believing marriage is between a man and a woman.

You'll even be punished if you don't think people should be forced to buy other people's abortions.

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, a same-sex marriage supporter and one of the leading First Amendment scholars in the country, is the latest victim of the same-sex marriage movement's smear campaign.

Activists are demanding that he release his academic e-mail and cell phone records from discussions he had with people who support traditional man-woman marriage and religious liberty.

Laycock earned these activists’ scorn because he signed a scholars’ letter saying that both sides of the marriage issue should have religious and intellectual freedom of conscience.

And he also filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases arguing for religious liberty against Obamacare's mandate that religious objectors buy early abortion pills and birth control for other people.

In other words, the same-sex marriage and abortion movements are targeting Laycock because he favors tolerance. The pressure is even indirectly targeted at the president of U.Va., who media point out happens to be Laycock’s wife.

Laycock’s attackers claim they aren’t against academic freedom, but that is a sham. As professors Stephen Bainbridge and Jonathan Adler point out, probing the emails, cell phone records and legal discussions of a professor is inherently hostile to academic freedom.

Laycock and his wife are both being given the same ultimatum Brendan Eich received: Recant, or lose your ability to do your job.

“There is a gay mafia,” quipped Bill Maher recently, “If you cross them, you do get whacked.”

Recently over 50 pro-same-sex marriage scholars and intellectuals wrote a public letter calling it intolerant to punish Eich for believing in man-woman marriage.

The attack on Laycock shows that each one of those authors is now endangered by the same-sex marriage and abortion movement’s pogrom merely because they won’t pick up torches themselves.

Libertarians beware. When you endorsed the movement to redefine marriage, perhaps you didn't realize those same activists have no qualms about redefining liberty itself.

Coercion is the new “freedom” for the same-sex marriage and abortion movements. Thuggery to force people to participate in other people’s same-sex weddings, abortions, and birth control is the new “non-discrimination.”

Merely-tolerant allies of same-sex marriage and abortion promoters will soon find themselves “discarded into the ash heap of history,” along with the millennia of world cultures who have affirmed male-female complementarity and the dignity of human life.

Matt Bowman is senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Conestoga Wood Specialties and other family businesses in lawsuits against the Obama administration's abortion pill mandate. The ADF also defended Elane Photography in New Mexico.
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