Rod Dreher calls attention to The New York Times which has a piece describing a coalition of religious leaders who are pledging to defy the federal government. From the NYT:
“Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples.
“We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” it says.
This is exactly the kind of pushback that needs to happen from a variety of centers. It is a kind of “make-weight” to which I referred here. States could do the same sort of thing. The best (only?) way to stop the persistent encroachment of power is to resist it.