Joe Carter parodies an Andrew Sullivan essay on “Christianism” … and simultaneously defangs the gay rights zealot:
So let me suggest that we take back the word conservative while giving this type of wishy-washy posturing a new adjective: Sullivanism. Sullivanism, in this view, is simply a faith. Sullivanism is an ideology, politics, an ism. The distinction between a conservative and a Sullivanist echoes the distinction we make between consistent and inconsistent. Conservatives are those who consistently follow a conservative political philosophy. Sullivanists are those who call themselves conservatives yet rarely embrace conservative policies, always do so inconsistently, and believe that all issues must be subordinated to the uber-issue of same-sex marriage.
That’s what I dissent from, and I dissent from it as a conservative Christian. I dissent from the intolerance of sincere, personal faith. I dissent most strongly from the attempt to argue that one British man represents Christianity and that millions of Americans who do not agree with his views are all “Christianists.” I dissent from having both my faith and political outlook co-opted and wielded by a man whose politics I do not share and whose intolerance I abhor. The words conservative and Christian are not the sole property of Andrew Sullivan. It’s time the quiet majority of believers took the terms back.
Will St. Andrew of The Aggrieved Essay respond?