Thursday, February 18, 2016

#1599: Pat Fagan

Being a senior fellow at the Family Research Council (FRC) is a good way of shouting out to the world that you are crazy and evil, and Pat Fagan is also the director of FRC’s MARRI institute, which a purports to be a “social science institute studying the impact of marriage, family and religion on children, adults and society in general.” It doesn’t have much to do with science. Fagan is the kind of guy who compares a UN report criticizing the Vatican over its handling of sexual abuse cases to the Kristallnacht – the children’s rights committee are like Nazi forces and the UN like the complicit German authorities –  because it dares to criticize the Vatican for failing to … you know, it’s difficult to figure out how a deranged mind like Fagan thinks the comparison is supposed to work.

Though he doesn’t like Nazis, Fagan doesn’t like freedom or liberty either. Railing against the 1972 Eisenstadt v. Baird ruling, Fagan said that any “functioning society” should ban all sex outside of marriage and that the overturning of the Massachusetts law banning the distribution of contraceptives to unmarried people, may rank “as the single most destructive decision in the history of the Court.”

In the Q&A session of a talk by Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, Fagan suggested a novel (juvenile) strategy for winning the marriage equality issue: Call gay marriage “garriage”, lesbian marriage “larriage” and generic homosexual marriage “harriage”. By doing so, Fagan reasoned, you will convince people that gay marriage is ridiculous and eventually, gradually vindicate bigotry: “getting these words into use I think is key. And that will take time, but whomever holds the language ultimately holds the whole game,” just like in a schoolyard, if some kids make up a mean nickname for some other kid, it might catch on and ultimately turn the rest of the kids against the initial victim.

Diagnosis: Rabid, lunatic, religiously fanatic bigot. Evil to the core may, however, explain his behavior better than insane, though the two aren’t easily distinguishable.

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