Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Forces of Toleration In A Full State Of Intolerant Hysteria!

The internet hysteria over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA is attaining unheard of levels today. Keeping in mind that most of the social media circles I run in tend to be more "conservative" or libertarian, the amount of nonsense I am seeing is pretty staggering and indicative of what the leftward end of the social media world must be like. Case in point below.

(Names and Facebook images removed to protect the ignorant)

So we have Governor Pence described as a sociopath, as brainless and the tired yet predictable comparison between a gay couple not being able to get a floral arrangement from one of the dozens of possible florists and Jews being gassed in Auschwitz or blacks being lynched in the South. The same guy doubled down on his RFRA=Lynching=Holocaust analogy a few comments later, cementing the reality that he is incapable of formulating a rational argument against this piece of fairly common legislation. As I pointed to out to another Facebook pundit who presumed to speak for the "people of Indiana", the elected representatives of the Hoosier state are overwhelmingly Republican and are doing precisely what most of their constituents want. It also happens to be the right thing to do.

This kerfuffle is a prime example, along with things like #handsupdontshoot and the "bombing" of an NAACP office that, oops, turned out to be nothing of the sort, why it is very hard to take most arguments from the political Left with any seriousness. Now there is this editorial in the Indy Star from a law professor that is in favor of "gay marriage" but it is the exception to the rule. We are inundated with nonsense like "privilege" which apparently excuses intolerable behavior by people "fighting the man". We are accused of "microaggressions" which apparently can mean anything and are usually unconscious but also are an excuse to demand more special treats from the government. College students are so insulated from any sort of critical thought that a piece in the New York Times describes the "safe space", another inane term, for adult college students to hide away from any contrary opinions.
The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.
Really. Was thumb sucking involved? I am sure parents are gladly forking over big bucks to see their adult students being reverted back to an infantile state by the university system.

RFRA is just the latest example of the semi-professional aggrieved class in America that cannot stand any opinion other than the one they are spoon fed and is incapable of responding to a discomforting topic without resorting to the fetal position or hyperbolic allusions to the Holocaust. Ironically these are the same people who sneer and revile people who watch Fox News for precisely the sort of behavior they are exhibiting today.

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