Matt Kinnaman's latest column argues that the ability to belong to an institution is not a right, and therefore it's not on the same level as what we call civil rights. Slaves were denied rights other people were given by the Constitution. I've argued that Christians have no need to pursue this issue the way they have been, but I think Matt's right on this. I see no constitutional right that should guarantee same-sex marriage (and I think the same is true of abortion, while I'm at it). I don't agree with every sentence in this piece, but I think his general point is correct. We've come to think of lots of things as rights when they really aren't (and now people are even saying that health care is a right).
I'm glad to see Matt's getting his thoughts out there. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 2002 against an incumbent who really doesn't deserve to keep getting re-elected, but it's hard for Republicans to win even in Western MA. Matt was my history teacher in seventh and eighth grade, my youth group leader in high school, and camp director at the camp I went to the summer after I graduated from high school. My brother worked for him as a counselor for a number of years. He was also a philosophy major and the son of a philosophy professor. I look forward to reading more of his columns (he's only got three up at this point).