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As If to Illustrate

the point that Derb and Jonah made, here’s a comment from Thomas Fleming over at the paleo magazine Chronicles (it’s like The American Conservative, but duller): “The current litmus test for leftists is support for homosexual marriage, and the conservatives at National Review and the Weekly Standard have passed with flying colors. . . . [David] Brooks’s arguments are echoing across the empty canyons of the neoconservative brains at National Review, where David Frum has embraced homosexual unions with predictable alacrity. . . . Principled Christian conservatives. . . are bewildered by this tergiversation at National Review, a publication founded by a putative Catholic.”

Thanks for the mentions, which I’m sure will boost our circulation mightily, but there are a few things wrong here. Frum is an opponent both of homosexual marriage and of civil unions, NR has editorialized and run articles against both on numerous occasions, the Standard has run several cover stories against gay marriage as well. When the Federal Marriage Amendment was first proposed, it was in the pages of National Review. Fleming himself opposes that amendment. Does all this make Fleming a defeatist, un-Christian, or unconservative? I figure it makes him a crank, and not even an interesting one.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.