Will HRC's Jihad Against Paul Clement Backfire with Justice Kennedy?


I told Politico the same thing, but Carl M. Cannon gets first publication credit for suggesting this:

"Specifically, I wonder whether the ease with which HRC caused King & Spalding to capitulate might cause Tony Kennedy to reach an obvious, real-world conclusion: namely, that gays and lesbians are far from powerless, and are doing just fine without any "heightened" protections. If it comes down to that, the campaign against Paul Clement would have backfired -- and produced its own rough justice."

I note, however that HRC shows no signs of backing down from its tactics, which Cannon called "bullying."


  1. Reed
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I'm confused. Cannon also states that he's in favor of same-sex marriages, and pro-gay rights.

    I know you're not endorsing those views. And you've made it very clear that you also oppose civil unions or any other "marriage equivalent" that might allow those gays the special privileges accorded to married people.

    And I know that "marriage" and "jihad" are both religious terms, but are you saying that gays are waging a holy war (with terrorist flavor)? Or is this just a sensational headline?

    There's a great difference between "jihad" and "bullying," isn't there?

  2. Little Man
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Marriage is not a religious term, per say. Your assumption is wrong, for whatever your definition of marriage, i can claim that it is derived from your value system, and therefore your "religion". We are talking "civil marriage" and therefore what gets made into law, not necessarily imposed by religion.

    In this case, it is a civil concept for which the government has a special PUBLIC interest in protecting. Check out what that means (Public interest). Or else, they will have to pay for all kinds of social services to correct all the children that grow up without the parents who engendered them. The problem is massive as is, and expensive, even with same-gender couples adopting some. Marriage needs even more support, per DOMA, not less, and no dilution.

  3. Gothelittle
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    As we keep being reminded by the major news media and moderate Muslims especially in the U.S., jihad does not have to involve terrorist bombings and flying planes into buildings. The word denotes "struggle" and is used to describe the efforts of Muslims, from one extreme of simply making themselves a good example to the other extreme of open warfare, of conversion by any means and at all costs.

    In which case "bullying" simply denotes someone throwing his weight around... but "jihad" describes someone who will not rest until the opposing viewpoint has disappeared from the earth.

  4. Sean
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I think it's become obvious that King & Spalding dumped the DOMA defense out of deference to its employees, not out of concern for HRC's feelings. Oh, and also because of the gag order Mr. Boehner imposed on K & S employees. That's probably unconstitutional, and definitely illegal in several states K & S has offices in.

  5. John Noe
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    This is also exposing another big lie that the homosexuals have been getting away with for years. They always act like a lamb and portray themselves as this poor, helpless, group of people who are victims and are defenseless. But read all of the previous blogs. Look at the actions of this group.
    As one prominent black preacher said on Fox News. They are not victims and helpless but are very powerfull hellbent people who know how to hurt other innocent people. Their jihad and war on people of faith is all you need to know.

  6. Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    "Their jihad and war on people of faith" -- you seem to forget that many millions of religious people SUPPORT equal rights for lesbians and gays.

    Anyone can invent a religion.

    Ask L. Ron Hubbard.

  7. Rick DeLano
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I think it's pretty safe to say Jackson has arrived at his above conclusion without bothering to consult Jesus:

    "Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh."

    So. Jesus says marriage is about one man, one woman. Jackson says this is what makes NOM "offensive to millions of gay/lesbians who practice true Christianity".


    Something doesn't quite add up there, Jackson 🙂

  8. Gothelittle
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Jackson, your tirade is offensive to the gays and lesbians who are against marriage "equality".

  9. Gothelittle
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink


    I have heard that Elton John is against gay marriage, and there are several others whom I cannot quote here because they are friends I've talked to, not bloggers and commentators online.

    And then, of course, the people whom no gays will admit exist:

    I did that in less than five minutes. How many more would you like?

  10. TC Matthews
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    There's another to add to your list, but here in California, there were many with same sex attraction who did not buy into the whole redefining marriage to get what you want idea.

  11. John Noe
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    My tirade was offensive to so called gay Christians. Really Jackson?? How can there be gay Christians? True Christians know that homosexuality is an abonomation to our Creator. a Christian follows the commands of Jesus Christ.

    This just in: There is no such thing as a gay Christian. You can be homosexual or you can be Christian. You cannot be both.
    Check out the website The Truth about Homosexuality for more insight.

  12. equal2you
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    How can there be gay Christians?


    Kinda like how there are lots of Christians that judge others and lie. Except that being gay isn't wrong. It's just being the way God made us.

    If you want to be a literalist about all of the bible, they should probably outlaw Christianity since it would extinct the human race. If you only want to pick and choose which parts of the bible to follow(ie the parts that are convenient to you) then you'd just be a hypocrite.

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