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American idolatry: Meditations on same-sex marriage

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: the following is an editorial column appearing in the current issue of Touchstone Magazine.]

In his 1835 book “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that for Americans, “equality is their idol.” Among such a democratic people, he reports, “there are certain epochs at which the passion they entertain for it swells to the height of fury.”

They prefer equality in freedom, he noted, but if “they cannot obtain that, they still call for equality in slavery.” Even barbarism, servitude, and poverty are acceptable offerings to “this irresistible passion.” Read More»

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