On his radio show Monday, conservative commentator Erick Erickson argued that the Supreme Court made a grave mistake with its decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states because "it's not really true" that most of the people who identify as LGBT are "born gay" -- they're made gay by "parental issues" and "abuse."
By legalizing same-sex marriage, Erickson reasoned, the Supreme Court is going to increase the size of the homosexual population -- because the "collapse" of the traditional, Christian family is "directly inverse proportional or inversely related to the rise in people who identify as gay." The more non-traditional, non-Christian families out there, the more gay people who will be "created" via abuse or parents with "issues."
Putting aside for the moment his noxious belief that LGBT identity is predicated on being "abused," there is one upshot of Erickson's vision of the future -- Christians like him will have no choice, he said, but to withdraw from mainstream American life. Nothing they've done has worked, no one they've voted for has implemented the Nineteenth Century values they cherish, so they're left with very few options.
"You're going to have to get out of there," Erickson said, "you're going to have quit your job" because federal nondiscrimination statutes will require Christians to treat members of the LGBT community as human beings. Christians will have to form "church communities," in which "parents are more careful who their friends are, and who their children play with."
"You'll have to go" where "the postmodern secular humanists...can't get you," but "they're going to try to get you."
"The further out you go," he assured listeners, "the safer you'll be. I think you're going to see a lot of Christians go back into the handcrafting industry, go back into laboring, go back into farming -- because there is something to do in the bible about farming."
Erickson, in other words, isn't satisfied with convincing his listeners to adopt his Nineteenth Century value system -- he's trying to convince them to return to a Nineteenth Century way of life.
They'll have to do it without him, however, as he said that he will remain behind to act as a "cultural bridge" between these pockets of Luddite fancy and the secular world from which these good Christians fled.
Listen to the entire episode below via Soundcloud.