Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Self-Stultification, Ahoy!

It seems that the Progressive Christian --- I note that his acronym is PC --- avoids self-stultifying statements the way that the Titanic avoids icebergs. Or, we could say that PC avoids silly statements the way that Oprah avoids touchy-feely language. Perhaps it would be better to say that PC avoids jibberish the way that flies avoid compost heaps in PC's organic vegetable garden. [Free trade or fair trade veggies? You decide...]

The latest inanity:

Hate speech is anything that offends, hampers, or doesn't fully affirm somebody, their lifestyle, their views, their race, their creed, their sexual orientation, or their religions beliefs.

We need more speech codes in universities and in workplaces so that people can be fully affirmed, and when they are not affirmed, those who are not affirming can be punished. We must make a way for intolerance.

I don't like conservatives and I don't like Christians who believe that the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong. I cannot tolerate people who don't see that Jesus was one of the early socialists. I cannot tolerate people who do not believe in tolerance. They are brownshirts.

Fundamentalists are why there is hate speech. Fundamentalists are why we still need speech codes. Perhaps we will wake up to modern thinking and realize that we don't need fundamentalists in our society.


Some people have commented that PC must be a joke --- a really bad joke, but, there are entire departments of faculty members and their students at universities who really talk like this.

I'm reminded of the villains in Atlas Shrugged. Rand's portrayal of collectivists has been called flat, stereotyped, and over-the-top. But, there are real, living, breathing people in academics and in the world-at-large who talk as if they could be a Randian antagonist. So, I personally am witholding judgement. If it is a hoax, it isn't very funny and the hoaxster[s] aren't very novel. If it is real, well, this is what parents pay $20,000 per year to have their college kids hear and listen to.

6 Comments:

Blogger Highland Host said...

Some people actually talk like that!!! It's too awful to imagine. Yet, alas, 'tis true. Help is at hand! A history professor at a British university met a post-modernist at a dinner. The PoMo was talking about the joys of relativism when the Prof. tossed in the remark, 'So what you're saying is, the Holocaust didn't happen?' PoMo went white. 'No! You can't say that!' Prof. 'Why not?' The PoMo wasn't silenced, but it was great fun anyhow.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Yes, unfortunately, there are people who talk like that in academia.

It's very discouraging.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 6:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Ree said...

Oh, come on. There's no way this is for real. This is what he says about how to treat trick-or-treaters.

"If people come by your home, be sure to give the children of color and the alternative-lifestyle children equal amounts of candy (make sure it is organic candy) as well as a firm dose of acceptance."

You know, when I first came across this guy posting on Steve Hays' blog, I figured he was probably you. Is he?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Ree --- if you're going to make insulting accusations, there are plenty of other blogs out there.

On the other hand, if you're being tongue-in-cheek, I might be over-reacting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 1:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Ree said...

I didn't mean it to be insulting or tongue-in-cheek. You have been known, you must admit, to engage in some "over-the-top" parody.

Honestly, my initial thought was that he might be you when I first read his comments on Triablogue, but I quickly abandoned that thought when I read more from him because the parody just doesn't seem to have a point. But just now I started having an inkling of doubt again. You have been engaging his blog a lot lately, and you keep casting doubt on the notion that it's obviously parody, forcing me to go back again and again to confirm in my own mind that it can't possibly be serious.

And since I take it as a given that if he isn't fooling me, then he certainly musn't be fooling you, the only alternative I could think of is that maybe my initial thought was correct, and it really is you, perhaps making some point that isn't yet apparent to me.

And if you're offended by that explanation, then I'm sorry, but I'm just honestly relaying my thought processes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Well, Ree, you've made it rather personal here. We just talk in private.

Send me an email and let's iron out our differences:

pedanticprotestant --at-- yahoo --dot-- com

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 4:46:00 PM  

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