——It cannot be couched (by proponents) as a seamless advance on the civil rights movement,-——
This is a variant on C.S. Lewis’ “chronological snobbery,” the typically modern/ progressive idea that the present, in every aspect, is necessarily better than what existed in the past.
This idea is used to further the homosexual movement, to attack Islam (”it’s 7th century”), and my pet peeve, the Catholic Church
(”It’s medieval”). This is particularly idiotic, since the medieval period represented the high point in Western philosophy.
The Preacher had words to say about that idea. There is nothing new under the sun.