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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

You May Not Be Interested In the Cultural War...

... but it is interested in you. On December 23, 2014, Robert Tracinski penned an op-ed at The Federalist entitled "Confessions Of A Reluctant Culture Warrior." In it, Tracinski noted his ambivalence about gay marriage, but, notwithstanding, he has been forced into the trenches of the cultural war. He writes:
But this year, I discovered that while I might not be interested in the culture war, the culture war is interested in me. It’s interested in all of us.

This is the year when we were served noticed that we won’t be allowed to stand on the sidelines, because we will not be allowed to think differently from the left.
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 So this was the year when we learned that we can’t sit out the “culture war,” because they’re bringing it to us, and every niggling little aspect of our lives will now be redesigned to make us more tractable.
Ben Domenech makes the same point in his piece, "The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality," wherein he writes:
The notable thing about Culture War 4.0 is its consistent rejection of tolerance in favor of government enforced morality. Remember your Muad’Dib: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” The peaceful tolerance for those who are different now extends too far, for it encompasses people who do not abide by or fully appreciate gay marriages. The people must be brought to heel, and the new morality enforced by government over their religious objections.
We are only a short step from the thought-police and thought-crimes, such as prevail in so many European countries, such as Leslie Loftis relates:
When we lived in London, I attended a Tuesday morning women’s Bible study. The United Kingdom has gone further down the road of cultural assumptions against Christians than the United States, so one morning our discussion turned to wearing crosses. The British and Scottish women found it difficult, like walking about while wearing a dunce cap. There, only true believers wear a cross. While U.K. society accepts cultural Christianity, such as going to church on Christmas and Easter, actual believing is just not right.
The left will reunite State and Religion, but it will be their Religion, not yours.

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