2015 April 04 Saturday
The New Moral Majority And Memories Pizza

The Overton Window around homosexuality and freedom of association has shifted with amazing speed in America. Death threats were directed against the operators of Memories Pizza in Walkerton Indiana when the owners told a reporter they would not cater a gay wedding. The Left's reaction (both the threats and the leftist political commentary) has Orthodox Christian Rod Dreher fearful about the consequences of delegitimization of Christian moral beliefs and the willingness of some Leftists to force people to abandon any profession of support for their beliefs. Catholic NY Times moderate conservative columnist Ross Douthat wonders how far will the Overton Window shift and wants people on the Left to address questions he raises about the next steps in the redefinition of what is legitimate by the Left. Since the Left dominates media, universities, and government their new Overton Window will be our Overton Window. Certainly a 5 or, even better, 10 year forceast on what will be morally legitimate would be useful to have.

This all happened against the backdrop of a national debate about Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). As Gabriel Maior explains at that link, other states have one and RFRA did not use to be considered controversial.

Unlike Ross and Rod I've got no religion. But I support religious freedom, at least as long as the believers of the religion in question don't want to turn non-believers into Dhimmis or kill them or put women into tent clothing. I also do not want to see people held to a growing list of ideological litmus tests in order to own a business, work at another business, or work in a government agency. However, as a member of a shrinking minority (white male right-leaning secularist and rationalist) I do not think I have any say in the matter and think I should focus more on guessing where the Left will go.

A lot of possibilities come to mind. For example, the Mennonites and Amish could come into the crosshairs of the New Moral Majority. What the technologically impaired (quoting Al Yankovic) teach their kids (mostly Christianity from a couple of centuries ago is my guess) strikes me as likely objectionable for our masters. Could be painted as child abuse pretty easily by the sorts of people hating Memories Pizza. So the low tech old style Christian religious could get seriously beat up on at some point. Though it is possible that Orthodox Jews could rally to their aid if the Orthodox Jews decided that they needed to stop a logical progression that would eventually lead to their doorsteps. Don't know if they'd see it that way. Anyone know enough to guess?

Then there Christian religious schools. Assaults on their curricula and independence seem like more probable future steps that assaults on Mennonites and Amish if only because no one sees the Mennonites or Amish as political players. There isn't much of a sense of political victory to be gotten from beating them up with laws and regulations and child protective services agencies seizures of children. Though I could be underestimating the likelihood of such a development. When the carnivores are hungry any meat that they notice suddenly starts the salivary juices flowing. Prey! Keep an eye out for articles on HuffPo, Slate, The Atlantic, and similar publications for articles meant to prepare the left-leaning masses for an assault on the Amish.

So I mentioned child protective services agencies. These government agencies might become major tools for the Left's war against the Right. Take a Donkey-dominated state with a substantial blue collar Elephant minority. In such a state a kid could tell his public school teacher some belief imparted to him at sunday school or, even worse, at home from mom and dad and suddenly it is time to separate kid from parent. Also the schools which do not teach the left's doctrines could have their tax exemption lifted or accreditation lifted.

Suppose you are like me and pretty indifferent to sexual preferences of the people around you and can't get worked up about gay marriage culture war (which already has clear winners). What about our own realist heresies against leftist orthodoxy? Are we going to see intensifying hunts of heretics who commit thought crimes against other secular doctrines? Which ones? How soon?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 April 04 01:55 PM 


Comments
The Shyster said at April 6, 2015 3:19 PM:

Theft-of-children is already happening in places like New Hampshire and Massachsetts. Husbands are being ordered out of their homes. Wives who dissent are being told their children will be snatched by DCS unless they keep their husbands away.

Louis Piccone, a patent attorney who ran afoul of the local NH court/kid services mafia, almost lost his kids. Fortunately, his wife managed to escape to non-totalitarian Russia with the kids before the NH government baby-snatch was completed.

Dan said at April 7, 2015 10:37 AM:

Maybe this is a taste of what it was like in the Soviet Union when the very air you breathed was lies. But we should take heart. The ocean of lies that was the Soviet Union crumbled, and so too, the ocean of lies that we now confront will crumble.

This is an important read.
http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php

Read the whole thing:

"And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me."
.....

"And from that day onward he:
標ill not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
標ill utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.
標ill not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.
標ill not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
標ill not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
標ill not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
標ill not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question. Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
標ill not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed. Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.
"

Dan said at April 7, 2015 10:37 AM:

And from that day onward he:
標ill not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
標ill utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.
標ill not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.
標ill not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
標ill not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
標ill not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
標ill not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question. Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
標ill not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed. Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.


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