Ronald Reagan’s Son Demands Churches Fight Back Against Gay Marriage: ‘Where’s the Moral Outrage?’

Michael Reagan, the former President's son, is upset about the recent shift in support for marriage equality:

ReaganFox TV, Rush Limbaugh and other talk-show pundits have weighed in, arguing the conservative — and moral — position that sanctifying gay marriage with the grace of the U.S. Constitution is not only wrong but a serious threat to the culture of this country.

But those media outlets often speak to those who are already in the choir. That leaves a lot of other Americans who aren’t hearing anyone preaching the conservative argument on gay marriage.

I don’t expect the GOP to provide any leadership. Republicans are too busy cat-fighting with each other and making sure their presidential choice will be whooped by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And where in the heck are the churches on the issue of legalizing gay marriage?

Where are the Protestants, Jews and Catholics? Have they lost their tongues? Their hearts and wills? Their institutional you-know-whats?

Where’s the moral outrage? Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?

(via good as you)

Comments

  1. plinx says

    Sorry, Mr. Reagan, we already co-opted the Jews and Catholics. The reason why you don’t hear as much anti-gay screeching anymore is that we’ve already beaten you. And this cultural change is permanent.

  2. kaccompany says

    Where’s the moral outrage? Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?

    Why?

    Maybe they’re actually following the teachings of Christ.

  3. Brian in Texas says

    It should be noted that Ronald Reagan’s other son, Ron, is a progressive and pro gay ally.

  4. Francis says

    The truth of the matter is, Michael, that most people realize a man putting a ring on the finger of another man doesn’t affect them, and even conservatives see the writing on the wall. Although I’m a bit skeptical about the whole politicizing our marriage rights, one clear positive is that it’s no longer cool to be pathologically homophobic in mainstream society.

  5. Gigi says

    @Little Kiwi – Please tell us how you really feel!! (hell doesn’t exist btw…)

  6. Ty says

    Don’t worry Michael. The anti marriage sentiment will be carried out in big and small ways on a daily basis once it’s a reality. We’re hearing all the pro, but the con is lying low.

  7. says

    I’m glad Reagan’s other son is on our side, and so much more articulate and well reasoned. Michael Reagan must not have noticed that the Mormons and Catholics are the main forces against marriage equality. And he certainly hasn’t noticed that there is a separation of church and state, and a difference between civil marriage and “holy matrimony.” He’s such a tool.

  8. anon says

    Considering the Michael was adopted, then neglected as a child and otherwise ignored by his family (they’ve all essentially disowned him) I should think this is more of a cry for help than anything else. I’m sure the other Reagans are for marriage equality. Michael was the only one coming out of that dysfunctional family that tried to win Ronny’s approval in adulthood by being conservative. Patti and Ron Jr. couldn’t care less about their estrangement. Nancy was more pro-Ronny than conservative.

  9. Derrick from Philly says

    @”…hell doesn’t exist btw…”

    so, you’ve never tried to reason with Rick or Old Lady David Hearne.

  10. Jack M says

    Michael’s father was one of the worst Presidents in our history. He can go suck an Easter egg, if there are any left. I didn’t even know this guy existed.

  11. SFshawn says

    His opinion matters WHY?
    He’s the son of Ronnie Regan? BFD.
    Since his brother Ron is a closeted gay man and he’s a nobody it would be better if he just STFU already.
    It wouldn’t be surprising if he was a closet case too. Bigotry doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    Pathetic man and a pathetic family all the way around.
    It’s amazing the state of California survived having been run BADLY by TWO completely incompetent ex-actors-Ronnie and Arnie…jeez.
    Fortunately MEN with some real leadership have always replaced these incompetent losers-Jerry Brown and soon-to-be California Governor-Gavin Newsom. :) Hot and Smart. Bring on the leaders and let the loser bible thumping bigots/idiots like this dude fade into obscurity already!

  12. Craig says

    Actually many churches are on our side. Maybe he needs to be asking Gene Robinson where his moral outrage is. Not all Christians are complete a$$h0les.

  13. Ant says

    TOWERLOAD should clarify that Michael is the adopted son of no blood relation to Ronald Reagan; who were sent to boarding school and couldn’t recognized his father at graduation ; who later after career as a media pundit started selling @Reagan.com email address for 39.95 per year. lol .

  14. Rick says

    “Fortunately MEN with some real leadership have always replaced these incompetent losers-Jerry Brown and soon-to-be California Governor-Gavin Newsom. :) Hot and Smart. Bring on the leaders and let the loser bible thumping bigots/idiots like this dude fade into obscurity already!”

    Hilarious. California is sinking into the ground so fast that before long, it won’t matter if the BIG ONE comes along and just finishes the job.

    Enjoy paying that $4000 a month for a one-room dump of an apartment in San Francisco, tax proceeds going, of course, to support the illegal alien gang members who have become the majority of your fellow citizens.

  15. Michael says

    Did he actually utter “US Constitution” when trying to argue against gay marriage and then completely blow off how gay marriage isn’t guaranteed by our constitution?

    WTF?

    But, may I just add once again, here we have another man whom no man would ever want to hook up with who has a problem with men marrying other men. Mathematics anyone?

  16. Clayton says

    Maybe Michael Reagan (and several Towleroad commenters) read and listen to different news outlets than I do, but I’ve heard lots of moral outrage from the Catholics. Or don’t Bishop Dolan, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict count?

  17. alguien says

    of the 4 reagan children, michael is, by far, the most reactionary.

    maureen, while republican, was pretty tolerant as far as social issues went (she was rumored to be lesbian too, but i cannot confirm it) and probably would have been ok with marriage equality. ron and patty are both pretty liberal and imagine that their opinions lie more on the side of equality as well.

  18. Turings Ghost says

    Is this a late April Fool’s joke? Reagan’s article is published in the Ironton Tribune, a paper with a circulation of 6,000, which is over 50% of the entire population of Ironton, Ohio. Mr. Reagan’s email address is: Reagan@caglecartoons.com. His article isn’t as important as “Jail time given in dog case”, an important news item about a woman abandoning her puppy. Personally, I think Andy should have published the puppy story.

  19. Bob says

    Michael was adopted because Jane Wyman’s pussy was out of business — I think they looked for a kid who was dropped on his head, and found him

  20. Phil says

    He is the son of Reagan’s first wife, Jane Wyman. Where is the outrage? Why didn’t Michael scream and shout when his parents tore asunder their sacred marriage vows?

  21. chasmader says

    Hmmm. Michael, Maureen, Patti and little Ronnie. They’re all wacked.

    Although Patti’s always been my favorite.

  22. Swiminbuff says

    Has Michael been living under a rock? While Limbaugh and ORielly may have acknowledged that the Conservatives have lost the battle against same sex civil marriage (because their only arguement was based on religion)the Catholic Church, the Mormons and the Southern Baptists are still vocal opponents agsinst all things gay. The Reagans would probably not be the poster children for sanctity of marriage anyway.

  23. SFshawn says

    @Rick-
    Easy solution…Don’t visit California then!
    Especially don’t visit San Francisco since you obviously hate immigrants and diversity so much.
    Since it’s one of the most visited cities/states in the world you won’t be missed! :)

  24. Jonathan says

    Michael was a loser and a nobody until he became a conservative controversy salesman. Now he makes a living on the backs of others, just like his (non-biological) daddy.

  25. ian says

    I love this statement:

    “I don’t expect the GOP to provide any leadership. Republicans are too busy cat-fighting with each other and making sure their presidential choice will be whooped by Hillary Clinton in 2016.”

    LOL. It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

  26. andrew says

    Ronald Reagan was a good but like most of us an imperfect man. He had two sons: Ron Jr, YEA! and Michael, BOO!

  27. GB says

    Liked Nancy and west coast interior designer re-do of the White House. They made it look like Santa Barbara.

  28. Dback says

    MIchael Reagan claims he was molested as a kid; that probably helped warp his ideas about healthy, normal sexuality. Still a prick, though. (Reagan’s AG, Ed Meese, has also weighed in with the anti-gay-marriage crowd, so a lot of those 80’s leftovers seems to be trying to wheeze out one last feeble roar against history’s tide.)

  29. EdA says

    A true son of the guy who began his campaign for the presidency in Philadephia — Philadelphia, Mississippi.

  30. says

    “And where in the heck are the churches on the issue of legalizing gay marriage?

    Where are the Protestants, Jews and Catholics? Have they lost their tongues? Their hearts and wills? Their institutional you-know-whats?

    Where’s the moral outrage? Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?”

    Minding their own business perchance?

    Marriage Equality affects not a single religion a jot or a tittle. Catholic churches would be no more required to perform same-sex weddings than they are to perform Jewish or Muslim weddings.

  31. Onnyjay says

    Reagan was, at his best, a horrible embarrassment, and at his worst an outrage to be damned beyond time. Anything his spawn can do to redeem his legacy is welcome.

  32. Burt says

    Michael:
    I must say I’m disappointed in you. Whatever your morally outraged church teaches within its own four walls is fine with me. You and the other parishioners need to keep it within the four walls, however. That’s the essence of the concept of separation of church and state–a civics lesson that was evidently lost on you. And it’s fine by me if your ‘pastor’ doesn’t want to marry folks like me..I wouldn’t want him to, either. So SHUT TF UP already!!

  33. says

    Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him. Did he really rid the world of commie scum? Did destroy or save our economy? Check out my portrait of The Gipper and help me figure it out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-100th-gipper.html with some Cold War Hollywood!

  34. Rosie says

    As Christians we need to all be down on our knees praying for our country. It is slowly but surely sliding down the slippery slope into the slimy sewers.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NLT)

    1 Timothy 1:8-10
    Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine … (ESV)

    Jude 7
    And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment. (NIV)

  35. millerbeach says

    So Rosie, You’re perfect? You are ready to be judged? No? Good. Then zip the pie hole. Sweetie, YOU are committing a MORTAL SIN by passing judgement upon others…didn’t you learn that while thumping that Bible? Oh wait, you can’t read it if you are too busy thumping it. Try reading it. You may find yourself actually living a Christian life, and thinking Christian thoughts, unlike your actions in your post above. You forget, as many “Christians” do, that Jesus is about love. That is all. He is about love, not hate. If you want to be a real, true Christian (which isn’t easy!), then you have to rid your heart of hate. If your post above is any indication, your heart is so full of hate, there is no possible way for Jesus Christ to enter your heart. For the very sake of your soul, I suggest you focus more on yourself, your issues, and your hatred, before it is too late. With the amount of hate in your heart, you are doomed to burn in Hell for eternity. Please heed this advice, as I wouldn’t want something like that to happen to a nice Christian like you! You have a lot of work ahead of you, Rosie…I wish you all the best.

  36. GRivera says

    Any gays and lesbians who have not yet left that thing called religion? Pay attention. This is what it is all about. That god of love (that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, flooded the earth, etc.) – this is what it is. They do not want you. SCREW EM! That crazy belief of a man in the sky gets crazier every day when these freaks show us who they are.

  37. jamal49 says

    Michael Reagan is Ronald Reagan’s adopted son, not his natural son. Michael Reagan has also had, um, “issues” with drugs and with gay men in his past but we’ll save that for another day.

  38. says

    Clayton, We need to hear it from the pulpits. Most people are too busy to listen to Catholic Radio. And the general media is so out of line with Catholic teaching one can get misled listening.