John Eastman, former dean of the Orange County, Calif.-based Chapman University Law School, spoke with the National Catholic Register‘s Tim Drake about his recent appointment to replace former NOM chair Maggie Gallagher, and his thoughts on running NOM and its goals.
“There are several fronts. There’s the judicial front, where courts are trying to force a change in fundamental public policy. NOM is assisting in the efforts to defend traditional marriage. Where the courts have succeeded, NOM is involved, trying to overturn those decisions. Those are the legal and political fronts. A third front is that, increasingly, the effort to redefine marriage is running into direct head-on conflict with religious rights and freedom of conscience.”
“Evil will be with us always, and it requires constant vigilance to defeat. I look at it as a litigator and an educator. There will always be threats to institutions grounded in human nature by those who think human nature doesn’t define limits. We need to be involved in the immediate defense of threats against marriage, but also take a long-range view by educating the next generation about the importance of the issues we’re confronting.”
Blogger Jeremy Hooper at Good As You notes that Eastman “is also on record calling gay-straight alliances ‘incubators of moral relativism,’ referring to homosexuality as modern day ‘barbarism,’ pushing extremist Scott Lively’s ‘ex-gay’ advocacy as a ‘common-sense suggestion,’ and lashing out against the ‘currently fashionable view that homosexual conduct is just another legitimate lifestyle choice.'”