Monday, February 17, 2020
The intolerance of the tolerant. . .
In the end, as the story goes, they did offend. They offended those who thought they should have attended. They were vilified as homophobes and attacked for their decision. It was a typical example of the intolerance of the tolerant. It goes to the heart of what liberalism is and is not. It is not liberal but restrictive and does not allow for disagreement. Predictably, they were accused of homophobia. They did not picket the production or make a public statement but quietly, after consultation, went back home. This is in stark contrast to the in your face kinds of parades and demonstrations by scantily clad GLBTQ+ folks in pursuit not of equality or toleration but dominance. The decision of the production crew to cast Clara's parents as a same sex married couple was lauded by those who wish to rewrite everything in history to make prominent what was hidden but it also represents the desire to control history and, indeed, to control what people think. It was not an artistic decision but a political one on the part of the ballet.
The insistence that discrimination based on gender or sexuality not be tolerated is increasingly a decision to do just that -- to discriminate but on behalf of certain genders and sexuality and against those who believe otherwise. This is hardly a repressed minority. The GLBTQ+ community has unfettered access to the media, to the arts, to music, and to politics. They have little to fear in secular society and now they insist the religious in society must also toe the line when it comes to their agenda. And it is time that such religious schools stop trying to use the jargon while preserving their exception and openly admit that we do, indeed, discriminate -- just like the GLBTQ+ community does -- on behalf of our beliefs. Furthermore, it is time to test the mettle through the courts once and for all to determine if we actually do have freedom of speech and freedom of religion or whether these rights can be abridged by certain restrictions and requirements of civil law.
Let me be clear. I am not in favor of taking any rights away from the GLBTQ+ community and they should not be in favor of taking any rights away from me. That, my friends, was once what tolerance meant before it has come to mean affirmation and unfettered support that refuses to allow any competing voices who do not agree.