I used to have a note on my bench. I wrote it in my childish handwriting, It said something like: “Rich, shut the fuck up!” I removed the note when I realized I would never follow the injunction.
That brings me to the oral argument in the gay marriage case. Some guy, who probably speaks to himself in tongues most of the time, disrupted the arguments and got his ass hauled out of the courtroom. Before his exit, the guy screamed, “If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!* It’s an abomination!”
Chief Justice John Roberts took a brief timeout before calling on the next attorney. In turn, Justice Scalia quipped, “’It was rather refreshing, actually,’ he said. His tone sounded jovial, and laughter could be heard in the courtroom.'” Bob Egelko, Scalia’s quip about gay-marriage protester stirs bias debate, San Francisco Chronicle (May 2, 2015).
Now a few special snowflakes supporting gay marriage have asserted that Scalia’s remark was biased and improper. Id. For example, a law professor on legal ethics was upset and solemnly proclaimed:
It was “a gratuitous comment that could be heard to legitimize an offensive outburst,” said Deborah Rhode, a Stanford law professor who teaches legal ethics. While judges often reveal their viewpoints when questioning lawyers, she said, a remark like Scalia’s tends to “diminish popular perceptions of the justices as disinterested neutral observers.”
On the other hand, a non-snowflake supporter of gay marriage gave this adult response to Scalia’s critics:
One gay-rights advocate in a forgiving mode is Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry and an early organizer for equal-marriage rights. Wolfson, who was in the courtroom Tuesday, said he’s willing to give Scalia “the benefit of the doubt, that it was a joke, in the moment, about the tension in the room.”
More important, he said, was the message that the protest itself should send to the court.
“I think this was a real vivid piece of evidence about why gay people should not have to put their rights up to a vote,” Wolfson said. “Not that everyone’s a hater, but that there is hatred out there.”
For those few special snowflakes in the gay marriage movement who believe they are unique, that we should watch our words around them to avoid triggering unpleasant feelings, who love being victims and who see the bogey man at every turn, please, please “grow the fuck up!” At least to me, you have become tiresome.
*I came to grips long ago with the certainty that I would burn in hell. I plan on taking an air conditioner, a straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt, a plush recliner and a boatload of margaritas.
H/T How Appealing.