Progressive Phariseeism

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 23:23 (ESV)

This past week, the Washington State Supreme Court in Olympia ruled that Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland in the eastern part of the state, discriminated against a gay couple who requested flowers for their wedding.  The decision stated that the public accommodation laws served a legitimate social purpose and that the goal was to eradicate barriers to equal treatment of citizens.  One must ask who decides what is a “legitimate social purpose.”  Who decides the legitimacy of the purpose?  The people?  The lawmakers?

It seems that the hypocrisy in this situation is palpable.  Many states before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision outlawed abortions citing “legitimate” state interests.  Of course the Supreme Court decided that such interests were trumped by the right to privacy.  Yet, in the Arlene’s Flowers case, the state court ruled that Ms. Stutzman had no right to free association and that the state had an interest to further the eradicating of barriers to equal treatment.  So the question here is not whether moralty is being imposed, the question is whose morality is being imposed.

In the past few weeks after the inauguration of President Trump, progressives were keen to call on people to “punch Nazis” and that the smashing of windows and burning of property was legitimate in their sight for the purpose of furthering their worldview.  So it seems that we live in a day of what the late Sam Francis called anarcho-tyranny.   Vandals and abortionists are treated like saints while flower sellers are made into the foulest and most evil of people.

It is time to call out the progressive pharisees who congratulate themselves for pounding the flower seller while turning their heads on the murder of unborn children and the destruction of property.