Mark Butterworth stopped by and commented on a thread below after googling his name and finding a post I’d written in response to something he wrote on his blog almost a year ago. I thought I’d move it up here so we can carry on a public conversation about it in the comments. The gist of his post, which I replied to, was that the culture wars in the US will either lead to a real civil war here, or totalitarianism, or the dissolution of the country:
The day is coming when this nation shall again convulse in spilt blood. To deny it is folly and ignorance. In fact, if this nation does not go to war with itself, it shall not survive as a nation. It shall go the way of Italy after the fall of Rome, and become balkanized.
The only other alternative to that disintegration is totalitarianism which is a possibility.
In his comment, he says that the inevitability of another American civil war is “beyond dispute”, but the only arguments he makes for that is that A) it happened before and B) there’s no reason to think it won’t again. That’s a pretty thin basis for arguing that something is “beyond dispute”. He then says:
Tensions in a people can’t be stopped. The question becomes which side one is on and if they are willing to die for their cause.
And while I agree that tensions are inevitable, I don’t think that that means they will eventually have to go to war over them. One gets the feeling that Mr. Butterworth is just itching to start shooting people over this, especially in light of the fact that his initial post was agreeing with Dennis Prager that the war over same sex marriage and the war against Osama Bin Laden were two fronts in the same war. That’s pretty frightening rhetoric. It’s also rather absurd given that Bin Laden and his fellow Islamic radicals would fully agree with the religious right on gay marriage and gay rights. Let me ask Mr. Butterworth this – are you committed enough to the cause of stopping gay marriage that you would start a real war to stop it? Are you willing to die for that cause? Or are you just warning us that other people might be?