American communists are not sitting on the sidelines in the left's attacks on Indiana over gay marriage. Hardly. They are condemning Indiana because they are firmly on board for gay marriage – for a host of interesting reasons. Communists have steadily but surely moved in this direction, a literal two-century-long progression I chronicle in my coming book, "Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage." Once upon a time, the Communist Party USA booted out gays like Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society, and the likes of Fidel Castro (who, amazingly, is reportedly also now an advocate of gay marriage) once tossed homosexuals in insane asylums. Not anymore. There has been a fundamental transformation.
Check out the website of People's World, the flagship publication of Communist Party USA. It's the successor to the Daily Worker, the longtime Soviet-funded and directed mouthpiece of American communism. People's World currently has two pieces criticizing Indiana's attempts to protect religious freedom.
The first article, titled, "Public workers union moves conference as 'Boycott Indiana' movement mushrooms," focuses on the threat by AFSCME to move its October 2015 "Women's Conference" out of Indianapolis "as a direct result of Gov. Mike Pence … signing into law a bill that legalizes discrimination." The union said in a press release that it "cannot in good conscience make such a sizable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination."
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The article concludes with a quote from former "Star Trek" actor George Takei, who called for a boycott of Indiana. A Buddhist, Takei took the liberty of speaking for Jesus Christ: "I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all, and He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions."
I don't want to get into a theological battle over what's Christian or un-Christian, but, when it comes to marriage – and this is indeed the crux of this whole issue for Christians – Jesus Christ said the following, which appears in Matthew 19:4-6, with Christ himself invoking the first book of the Old Testament (Genesis): "He answered, 'Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate.'"
A footnote to George Takei: Christians take these words very seriously. Many of them are convinced that this means they cannot separate the bond of male-female marriage their God ordained. They think it would be not merely un-Christian to do so but blasphemous.
Takei is correct in that Jesus did not refuse people, but I venture to say that Jesus would not be pleased that certain people are invoking him as a weapon against his followers who firmly believe they cannot personally invert his teaching on marriage.
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The second article in People's World, titled, "Indiana 'religious freedom' bill: bad for state and my family," was written by the mother of a lesbian daughter. "As a taxpaying citizen, it appalls me that our legislators used my tax dollars to create, lobby for, and now defend a law that opens the door for discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens and visitors," writes the author. "Gov. Pence insists that this law is about protecting religious freedoms from the government, yet the law's language … does not support that statement."
It's a heartfelt piece by an upset mother, who says that Pence and friends have broken her heart by passing a law permitting "discrimination" and opposing "civil rights." In truth, of course, the law seeks to preserve civil rights – the First Amendment religious rights of religious believers.
I feel for this mother, but I also feel for the mother or grandmother or daughter who does not want to lose her family business simply because a gay couple cannot go elsewhere for a wedding cake that she cannot make in good conscience because her faith states that gay marriage is wrong.
I ask the mother of the lesbian to try to visually imagine a baker being literally forced by the state to place two female figurines atop a wedding cake in violation of her conscience. Picture the baker's trembling hands and crying eyes as she is compelled to do this. That's not right. I could never, as a Christian, command a Jewish or Muslim baker or caterer to serve my wedding on a day or with a type of food that violates their faith teachings. I would feel awful if I did that. Liberals of yesteryear would have agreed with me on that, as would (I imagine) most gay people. But if the affront is now aimed at Christians in support of gay rights, they'll apparently wield this force happily without hesitation.
Back to People's World: There have been a remarkable number of pro-gay-marriage articles published there in recent months and years, not to mention many posts at the website of Communist Party USA. Gay marriage is now commonly touted in keynote speeches and statements by CPUSA officials, including its general secretary, Sam Webb. There are too many of them to recount here, but their thrust is eye-opening. We now have a situation where American communists are totally and firmly in the gay-marriage camp.
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Why would this be? When did it happen? There are many reasons, which I chronicle in my coming book, but among them, the most significant (if not chilling) is this: For two centuries, communists and other leftist radicals have been seeking to take down natural-traditional-biblical marriage and the family. Since the early 1800s, they have made their arguments and tried different tactics. The Communist Manifesto spoke of "abolition of the family." At long last, however, communists have the vehicle to make it happen: gay marriage – a 21st-century novelty utterly without precedent in human history. Now, as the legal definition of marriage rapidly changes, the floodgates will be open to all sorts of new configurations.
Their efforts to redefine the family structure have been long at work, starting with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and moving on to the Bolsheviks, to cultural Marxists from the Frankfurt School such as Herbert Marcuse and Wilhelm Reich, and on to more modern Marxists such as Betty Friedan, Kate Millett and assorted '60s radicals. Those leftist extremists, however, never made much headway in their efforts to redefine family and marriage. Only now, with formal legalization of same-sex marriage afoot, they are finally getting what they've wanted for multiple generations: the literal redefinition of family.
To be sure, Marx and Engels would be speechless at the idea of two men marrying each other. They would be equally baffled that mainstream Americans now gladly join them in rejecting the biblical design for natural marriage and family. Nonetheless, this is where the culture now stands.
And perhaps most fascinating of all, communists then and today would be shocked but delighted to find that gay marriage has provided them a stunningly effective tool in attacking what the far left has always hated most: religion. Marx and Engels and friends would be absolutely thrilled that gay marriage is offering a sledgehammer not only to remold the family but to bludgeon religious believers. It's an amazing sight to behold. It has been a long time coming.