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SULLIVAN’S SELF-DEFENSE, CTD.

I forgot to mention one other weaselly Sullivan move. He has said that he is a spokesman for “mainstream” Christianity and that “Christianists” aren’t real Christians. I pointed out that it’s ludicrous to maintain that support for same-sex marriage, whatever its merits, is the mainstream Christian position. He tries to get around this by saying that he is perfectly willing to concede that mainstream Christians can refuse to recognize same-sex marriage as a religious matter. But his lawyerly wording suggests that people who don’t want the law to recognize same-sex marriages, either, are Christianists and outside mainstream Christianity. And his whole position requires this labeling. Opposing the legal recognition of same-sex marriage (and trying to take political action to make that opposition effective) has to be “theocratic,” “Christianist,” etc., for the whole Sullivan project to work.

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.

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