KNIGHT: When the bizarre is commonplace

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Here’s the big picture in America and Western Europe: What is good and right and, yes, normal, is being criminalized, while what is wrong and sometimes dangerous is gaining the use of government force to impose mandatory acceptance.

Any resistance to this trend, we’re told, is motivated solely by animus or hate. That was the essence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion written by Anthony M. Kennedy in United States v. Windsor, which struck down much of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

I have a couple of questions for Justice Kennedy and his colleagues. Which would be evidence of hate — intervening to help the confused boy in Berkeley wait at least until he was an adult and had the chance to reconsider? Or letting this travesty happen?

For that matter, is it hateful to offer sanctuary to a Christian family whose only crime is to raise their children in keeping with their faith?

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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