The two have coexisted uneasily for this last half century, but cannot much longer now that Liberalism has decided to directly and unambiguously target religion and the religious as Evil, and has decided that nodding and smiling is not enough of a response to affirmations of its core tenets of democracy, diversity, unfettered sexual exploration, and redistributionism. So, here we go.
The Pax Dickinson skirmish of last week, was one of many recent examples of people being fired for saying something - instead of say, doing something - the other side considered going against the narrative and outside the realm of acceptable thought. My response to it was rather personal as it happened to me, on a much smaller, less public scale a few years ago. I had done volunteer work for a reader's website for about 10 years and had gotten along just fine with the site's administration and readers all that time, until I strayed from the party line on frats, alcohol and rape, and then people made a lot of noise, called me a lot of names, attempted to psychoanalyze me online, and called for my dismissal. I decided to resign rather than apologize and (maybe) be forgiven. Doing thousands - literally thousands - of hours of volunteer html coding behind the scenes no longer seemed so appealing. The hardest thing for me to swallow was the accusation that my son was obviously in an abusive situation with me as his mother, if I thought the way I think.
I saw the same sentiment echoed in Anil Dash's words about Dickinson: "So, to be clear: I have no interest in playing an agent of Pax Dickinson's redemption. I do not want him anywhere near kids of any sort, let alone teaching anyone."
Words now = pedophilia or child abuse.
I was also extremely put off by how the people who criticized me seemed to revel in my newly cast off status, how they gleefully proclaimed, "Google is forever," as if my never getting a job again was suitable punishment for saying women shouldn't go to frat parties and get completely hammered because it wasn't safe. Justice served! Maybe someday she and her (abused kid) can starve! We can always hope!
To be clear, I believe (among other things):
- Order > Chaos
- Self control > Hedonism
- Community > Individual expression
It's interesting, though, to see how the other side reacts when someone of their values wanders past the ideological fence and gets taken down. The outrage, the cries of unfairness, the accusations of injustice, bigotry, McCarthyism; it's all the same. In this case, a lesbian Catholic school teacher was fired for coming out and stating she was in a lesbian relationship. She wanted to express her values, and since this is not in accordance with the Catholic Church's "branding," she was fired. An entirely predictable outcome.
Note that children are once again involved. It's really starting to heat up over children and who gets access to their minds. This is because we're splintering as a society into groups - not even cohesive groups - but everyone knows that children are the future, and if people can choose how and where and why to educate their children, they may not choose as directed. Should be interesting.