In the last post we looked at the comments of a particular Democrat Liberal, Tony. He was not especially happy with my review of his comments. Why? Well, others don’t see us as we perceive ourselves. The hard, simple fact is that we do not have such a capacity. Only God knows .
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
What is more astounding is that God knows us, and He still loves us.
A Democrat Liberal’s Reply
Is right to complain about my review? Perhaps, but Conservatives have similar issue with what Democrat Liberals think of us. Sometimes Democrat Liberals package their reviews — comparisons between Liberals and Conservatives — as academic/psychological studies that purport to be “scientific”.
Here is an extract from Studies: Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From Venus (theatlantic.com).
Conservatives, argues researcher Philip Tetlock of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, are less tolerant of compromise; see the world in “us” versus “them” terms; are more willing to use force to gain an advantage; are “more prone to rely on simple (good vs. bad) evaluative rules in interpreting policy issues;” are “motivated to punish violators of social norms (e.g., deviations from traditional norms of sexuality or responsible behavior) and to deter free riders.” (from here)
In fairness, theatlantic.com article doesn’t actually attack Conservatives, and it does make some effort at balance. However, the pictures at the front of the article depict former Speaker of the House John Boehner as the counterpart to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This is silly. Boehner lost his job as Speaker because he was not even Conservative enough for the GOP, which isn’t exactly a Conservative organization. Nevertheless, theatlantic.com article equates the Republican Party with Conservatism.
Are their more rabid reviews? Of course. What Are the Most and Least Religious States in the USA? (psychologytoday.com ) displays open hostility. This article uses statistics to demonstrate that religion is bad. Here is the first conclusion.
* The most religious states are most likely to be full of Trump supporters. Not so much for the least religious states. Go figure. I thought religion was supposed to make you more loving and moral? Clearly not. (from here)
It could be funny, but the author is serious, and he has a Ph.D. He has piled it high and deep.
Why bring up such nonsense? Well, consider what the Democratic Party’s candidate had to say about Conservatives.
Since they have destroyed the Liberal label, what do Democrat Liberals call themselves these days? During their debates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued over who is the most progressive (US election: Hillary Clinton insists she is a progressive (bbc.com)). In fact, H. Clinton’s website proudly proclaims as much here, Democrats just adopted the most progressive platform in party history. 5 things you should know (hillaryclinton.com).
What was the top item in the Democratic Party’s platform?
1. An unprecedented commitment to equal rights for LGBT Americans
The new party platform is the first in history to include transgender Americans. It’s also the most progressive platform ever for LGBT rights—endorsing federal protections against discrimination for the first time and pledging to address the crisis of violence against transgender Americans.
LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, restaurants can refuse to serve transgender people, and same-sex couples are at risk of being evicted from their homes. That is unacceptable and must change.
The remaining items also emphasized the desire for more government problems of every possible description.
So let’s not try to review the platform of the Democratic Party. Let’s just consider the top item. What is the problem with the LGBTQ plank? Well, lots of people object to being forced to take part in the irrational fantasies of sick, deranged, and even sadistic people. Imagine a parent taking their small child to a so-called “doctor” and having a sex-change operation done on the kid. How could that happen? Some mamas and daddies have problems. What if mama says her little five-year old Johnny thinks he is really a she and wants to be called Jill? Do you want to be forced to give verbal approval of such insanity just because it might hurt that mama’s feelings?
What if you worked with someone who did what Bruce Jenner (AKA Caitlyn Jenner) had done to himself? If you believe Jenner is just a mentally ill individual who has allowed himself to be neutered and shot up with hormones, you may honestly resent being forced to approve of his self-imposed genital mutilation. You may think it absurd to address Bruce as “Caitlyn” and speak of him as a “she”. However, in the Democrat Liberal’s world view, your honesty just makes you a bigot.
In the America that use to be there was bigotry, and that bigotry has not and will not go away. Because we are all imperfect, all of us will always believe things we should not believe. What is the best we can do about this problem? Well, we can protect each others rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Note, however, that having your feelings protected is not on the list. If the people you work with hurt your feelings and you work for a private employer, complain to the boss. If that doesn’t work, try looking for another job or consider the possibility you are wrong and you need to change. If you work for the government — well, if you want your own freedom of conscience respected, you may wish to respect the rights of your fellow employees to exercise the dictates of their consciences instead of yours.
LGBTQ Special Rights
Does it sound like I exaggerated? Here is how an article in The Daily Caller starts.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued an internal memorandum earlier this month announcing that it will investigate taxpayer-funded teachers and administrators who use biologically accurate pronouns for transgender students instead of the pronouns transgender students prefer.
Candice Jackson, the Trump administration’s acting secretary for civil rights within the Department of Education since April, issued the internal memo on June 6.
The memo explains “the effects of developments on the enforcement of Title IX” concerning transgender students.
Specifically, the memo declares, the federal government may investigate taxpayer-funded schools for “refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred name or pronouns when the school uses preferred names for gender-conforming students or when the refusal is motivated by animus toward people who do not conform to sex stereotypes.” (continued here)
Here are some other news articles on the same memo.
- DeVos’ new transgender student guidance changes course on bathroom access cases (latimes.com)
- Department of Education Memo Says Govt May Investigate Refusal to Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns (christiannews.net)
Here is how the Obama administration helped to confuse the issue.
- MORAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF RELIGION : Haidt is apparently one of the leaders in the field of moral psychology. In my last post in this series, we observed that the Democrat Liberal’s political ideology proceeds from a secular world view: “Man is the Measure of All Things”. Scholars like Haidt seek to prove that is scientifically true.
- The most progressive Democratic platform ever (washingtonpost.com): One of the opinion pieces at The Washington Post endorsed H. Clinton’s claim.
- Hillary’s Empty Moralism Is a Reflection of the Greater Progressive Movement (nationalreview.com): An example of someone else who has noticed that Progressives have issues with morality.
- An Alt. to Alt.Right (jatticus.wordpress.com): Here is a post that reminds Christian Conservatives to remember what they value and to be careful to define themselves, not echo Progressive prejudices.