POLITICS

26May

Hating on Free Speech

This is an astounding chart —

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Remember the famous scene from Star Wars where the Republic dies in a stadium full of people clapping? There were probably thousands there who disagreed, but couldn’t speak up because of some ordinance about hate speech, or perhaps to prevent the denigration of those certain classes of people who were moving into the ruling class of the new Empire. Hence it is today — hate speech isn’t being used as a way to calm society down, it’s being used as a way to muzzle those the ruling class would like to make shut up.

There’s another dimension to this, though — a dimension that’s beyond the quest for political power. Let’s examine the pattern to see what’s in, and what’s out.

In: Homosexuality as a natural and moral good, including homosexual marriage and the forced celebration thereof.
Out: Thousands of years of human history and Christian belief — now considered hate speech which must be silenced by declaring it hate speech.

In: Global man made climate leading to a catastrophe, and requiring minute government control over every aspect of our lives.
Out: Scientific evidence countering the scare — speech which must be silenced by declaring it “anti-scientific,” one short step away from hate speech.

In: A child is not a child until the mother decides it is so (regardless of before or after birth, stage of pregnancy, the father’s thoughts, or anything else).
Out: A belief in the dignity of the human person from conception, regardless of what you might see in a 3D ultrasound, or the point at which the child can survive outside the womb, or anything else. To argue against abortion is hate speech which must be silenced in the name of protecting women from misogyny, rape, patriarchy, and a host of other ills.

To draw a cartoon of Mohamed is hate speech which should be outlawed, and rightfully leads to acts of terror against the cartoonist according to the mainstream media, and far too much of America.

To say Christianity is a violent religion that has been papered over by a Christian Church embarrassed by the past — the cause of all the wars, hatred, and anger seething under the surface in the entire world — is to deny history and the Bible. Yet to defend Christianity has risen to the level of hate speech which must be silenced.

In each case, the “winning side,” the culture warriors who are “fighting for progress,” are asking everyone to ignore the facts that don’t fit their narrative — in effect, to deny reality, science, and common sense. If you don’t agree, they don’t want to hear about it —

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Each and every case where “hate speech” laws are being applied it is to stop people from speaking a truth someone doesn’t want to hear. Each and every case of hate speech law created and enforced is about denying reality, rather than embracing it, because we don’t like — or are afraid of — the reality that is, or might be, out there, and might convince us that we’re ultimately wrong on all these things.

The drive against hate speech, then, is nothing less than a modern day flight from reality. That so many embrace it should be troubling indeed.

18May

Double Standard

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In case you’re wondering, the government has, in fact, sued trucking and other transportation (taxi, for instance) companies for forcing Muslim drivers to carry alcohol, dogs, and other things they deplore. The progressive response is that Muslims aren’t objecting to genetic conditions, like race, but rather choices, like owning a dog. In the case of the Christian, homosexuality is genetic, so objecting to it is akin to being a racist.

There are two problems with this reaction.

First, it’s a provable lie. In the case of a Washington florist who has lost not only her business, but is now at risk of losing her home, her savings — essentially being bankrupted at a late stage in life, and living off social security and charity — she specifically served homosexual customers on a regular basis. It’s homosexual marriage, specifically, that she objected to. To claim that someone is hateful because they won’t support a person’s actions — no matter how they actually treat that other person — gives away the lie that this isn’t about discrimination, it’s about forcing your views down someone else’s throat.

Second, in claiming that because homosexuality is genetic we must all support the normalization of homosexuality is to commit the naturalistic fallacy — to claim that because it’s natural, it’s moral and good. Following this logic, alcoholism is good, pedophilia is good, (or at least, not evil) rape is good, and those icky wasps that lay their eggs in spiders, so the spiders are eaten from the inside out once the eggs hatch, are good. Perhaps Daniel Payne says it best

We are told that gender is simply a “social construction,” and that people can be whatever gender they choose to be—and at the same time we are informed that “gender” has a biological basis, and that transgenderism itself is rooted in biology and is thus irrefutable. But you cannot reconcile these two claims. If gender is indeed a “social construction,” then all gender—including transgenderism—is a meaningless and therefore pointless qualifier; if, on the other hand, transgenderism is rooted in biology, then “social construction” has nothing to do with it, and a person’s “own truth” in regards to his or her gender is itself irrelevant and should be disregarded barring medical evidence. Either one has a biological basis for claiming one is transgender (in which case one’s personal feelings are a non-factor), or “gender” is effectively a nonexistent product of one’s culture (in which case you can’t claim you’re a woman, or a man, or transgender, or indeed anything at all). You simply cannot have it both ways.

What we are seeing is not a war for equality, but a war for inequality — a war against Christianity and Christians. It is nothing less than the first step in “othering” Christians, to make Christianity a topic that cannot be discussed in polite company, or practiced in real life.

This isn’t about “marriage equality,” it’s about religious inequality — in their feeling of triumph, the “nones” don’t want to be confronted with hard or honest questions.

Just as slavery proponents wanted the anti-slavery folks to shut up.

Any suggestion that Christians should have any ability to say no to homosexual marriage is said to lead straight to the moral dissolution of society at large (all the while arguing that the slippery slope argument against homosexual marriage is a logical fallacy, of course).

In other words, it’s not about marriage equality. It’s much simpler than that. The double standard of the progressive elite is all about shut up, already.

12May

Comma But’ing Free Speech

The attack in Garland showed that everything my colleagues and I have been warning about regarding the threat of jihad, and the ways in which it threatens our liberties, is true. Islamic law, Sharia, with its death penalty for blasphemy, today constitutes a unique threat to the freedom of speech and liberty in general. … To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you cannot criticize. –Pamela Geller

16Apr

Take them at their word

Perhaps more attention should have been paid to a remark he made in his third 2012 presidential debate with Mitt Romney. There, his language altered slightly. “But to the issue of Iran, as long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon,” he said. Indeed, it appears that issue will be another president’s problem, long after Obama is out of office. -Free Beacon

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