Cal Thomas, professional idiot

October 14, 2008

Most of the wisdom on this site comes from everyday people—ones who aren’t actually paid by the word to be bigots—but I’d like to make an exception for this gem from conservative columnist Cal Thomas, writing about the California Supreme Court’s May decision in favor of marriage equality:

“[California Supreme Court] Justice Richard N. Palmer revealed his acceptance of the liberal doctrine of a ‘living Constitution’ constantly in need of updating in keeping with the times: ‘Our understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection.’ Using such a standard, if the ‘understanding’ of the endowed rights of blacks were to devolve to a pre-civil rights-era acceptance of black inferiority, would Justice Palmer argue that blacks would then have to give up their rights in order to serve ‘contemporary appreciation’?”

If the Olympics gave medals for disingenuousness, Cal would be standing on a podium right now mangling the words to the National Anthem. It takes world-class rhetorical contortionism to argue that progress and acceptance are the direst threat to…..progress and acceptance. (Oh, and bonus points for his extensive use of the Quotation Marks of Contempt.)

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