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Forget ‘Selma Envy,’ Some Liberals Have ‘Gettysburg Envy’

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Forget ‘Selma Envy,’ Some Liberals Have ‘Gettysburg Envy’
Last week, Hans Fiene – writing in the Federalist–coined the term “Selma envy” to describe the fervor of gay-marriage supporters. In their search for the heroic narrative, Fiene’s generation has appropriated the courage of the Civil Rights movement. In two stinging paragraphs, he illustrates the absurdity: Likewise, we will continue linking the civil-rights movement with the push for gay acceptance without pausing for a second to consider the comparison. We will continue diminishing the bravery of Rosa Parks by claiming a seat beside her as our reward for the one time we boycotted Chick-Fil-A for a month. We will trivialize the death of Medgar Evers by praising his blood for freeing gay couples to financially ruin a florist who hurt their feelings instead of walking one more block to find another purveyor of petunias who was happy to take their money.

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