What is so ludicrous about the whole thing is that it lives under the backdrop of the daily killing of the unborn -- sanctioned and heralded by the very cancel culture people who insist that no offense is too small to go unnoticed. We are under orders to respect diversity, to apply the appropriate pronouns to those who decide from day to day and year to year what kind of gender fits their mood, and to cleanse not only our classrooms and our marketplaces and even our history from anything that hints at offending this diversity. The politics of this all are still being played out.
The great division in America had less to do with Trump than it did the steamroller of political correctness that is rewriting our past as well as policing our thoughts, words, and deeds in the present and intent upon reshaping our future into a tomorrow in which the only people allowed to be offended are those who do not toe the line. This is what the election was about in 2020. Trump was an imperfect standard bearer not for the skinheads and white supremacy folks but for ordinary Americans who see their faith, their past, their life now, and their future taken from them. Our freedom no longer counts for no one will be allowed the liberty to diverge from the sanctioned path of diversity chosen for them. It affects freedom of speech and the freedom to work and the freedom to live but it also affects the freedom of religion.
If it takes a different name on syrup or a toy or butter to placate those who are so easily offended, I guess that is not too much to pay. But when the marketplace has items removed from purchase and books removed from circulation because they are offensive, that impingement of freedom comes at a greater cost. For if ideas that offend anyone can no longer be tolerated, Christianity itself is in danger. Christianity that is inoffensive is not Christianity. All throughout the New Testament is the admission that this faith is offensive, a scandal, a challenge, and a threat to the world. Orthodox Christianity with its refusal to sanction salvation by works or personal identity and value defined by peers or self will not last long under the heavy hand of censorship. Soon the very subjects of sin and forgiveness, depravity and redemption, death and resurrection will not be tolerated.
Remember that all of this is happening when our toddlers are being encouraged to experiment with their gender identity, eight year olds are being given hormone shots to change that gender identity, birth certificates reflect cultural norms instead of biological parentage, and babies are killed in the womb. Remember that pornography is allowed. Rap and music lyrics that sing of the subjugation of women, rape, and abuse are allowed. Choice that decides to keep or kill life from conception to birth to old age, fragility, and frailty are all allowed. But not the Church speaking of morality, of right and wrong, that the majority of religions and non-religious people held until a few generations ago -- this is not allowed. People wonder why curmudgeons like me get so excited. Read the news. I fear not for myself but for the kind of world my children will grow old in and my grandchildren will grow up in -- especially because the faith will no longer be tolerated in a cancel culture world.