I posted yesterday about the growing crisis of unemployment in America, but predicted that people would still spend more time and energy arguing that two gay males have just as much right as a man and a woman to be husband and wife to each other...oh, wait. I'm sorry; I'm using the old, archaic definition of marriage that defines it as a legal union of husband and wife.
Anyway, it would appear that I'm right, given that two of the big news stories so far this week are as follows:
1. The idiotic 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a ruling striking down Proposition 8, because apparently gay "marriage" is up to the states, unless the states decide to ban it, in which case such bans must be overturned by judicial fiat; and
2. Not content with destroying their business by rolling out a confusing new pricing model (which I thought was interesting, at first, but quickly found less charming when I realized it amounted to a de facto price hike for us bargain shoppers) and appointing Ellen DeGeneres (whom, I'm sorry, strikes me as the least charismatic person in America, and it has nothing to do with her sexual orientation and everything to do with her dull and annoying speaking voice) as their spokesperson, JC Penney continues its slide toward possible future bankruptcy by ticking off the One Million Moms group with yet another gay "parent" set featured in their "Father's Day" ad. Because, I don't know about you, but nothing brings fond thoughts of fatherhood to me like contemplating two gay males hiring a reproductive prostitute to sell them her reproductive services and act as a human incubator and then hand over her child or children to them to raise! And saying that there's something wrong with this, that children need mothers, and that there's a reason evolution decided that parents should come in male/female couplings is nothing but plain old hateful bigotry (and, hey, if the little boy in the gay "dads" picture grows up heterosexual and can't relate to women because he's never had a mom, well, there's always online gaming to keep him happy).
Simcha Fisher had an interesting post today about how hard it's getting for us serious Christians to navigate the minefield that is corporate America today. Do we buy the cookies sold by children whose troop is heavily entangled with the group that wants to give explicit sex lessons to kindergartners, or do we support a different girls' organization which...wait, they also give to Planned Parenthood. Hmmm... Do we shop at the store that is shoving gay "marriage" into its customers' faces, or do we shop at the other store that...wait, they're also supporting gay "marriage," and are pretty openly anti-Catholic, too...
What I would like to know is this: when the hell did it become the job of mere merchants who sell me stuff to attack my faith, patronize my values, belittle my morals, ridicule my deeply-held beliefs, and openly seek to marginalize those of us who don't want this crap forced down our gullets every time we need a pair of shoes, a set of sheets, or a cup of coffee? When the hell did the expression change from "The customer is always right!" to "The customer is probably a Christianist bigot in serious need of Big Brother-style reeducation, served alongside his order of fries or his purchase of a tee-shirt!"?? When the hell did it become the job of some megalomaniacal soulless corporate sack of nothing to convince me that my morals are socially incorrect, when we all know for certain that the same megalomaniacal soulless corporate sack of nothing would push equally hard for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, a Cannibal Rights Group, or the Society to Unplug Grandma Before Her Care Costs Us Too Much To Let Us Gratify Every Consumerist Whim the minute holding any of those positions seemed like a good bet in terms of the soulless evil corporation's bottom line?
If the Mere Merchants whose sole purpose for existing is to sell stuff, make profits, and pacify the unreasonable demands of stockholders think it's their job to do any of the above, I've got news for them. They are nothing at all to me, nothing but insignificant sniveling upstarts who are only useful to me as long as I decide they are, and not a moment longer. None of the sheer crap they peddle is absolutely necessary to me or to my family or to our well-being or our ability to survive and function. They can be replaced by companies who want my business enough to know their place, to realize that I'm not about to be lectured or scolded by the likes of them, and to keep their mouths shut about their desired social engineering.
They can be replaced, and they will be. Starting with JC Penney, yet another store to make my Do Not Enter list in the recent past.