Recognizing insanity shouldn’t be that difficult, or impeded by political orientation. Yet as the Rachel Dolezal fiasco proves, it can be. (Now that we know that she previously claimed to be discriminated against because she was white, and heard her tell Matt Lauer that a black man was her father because she thought of him as her father, will all the loyal left culture warriors who chose to die on that silly hill after I warned them that they would regret it learn anything? I doubt it.)
Now, in the interest of improving everyone’s non-partisan wacko-detection and rejection skills, I offer these two examples, one from the left, and one from the right. If either seems reasonable to you, you flunk.
First, from the right, we have…
The Pledge in Solidarity To Defend Marriage
The creation of anti-gay pastor Rick Scarborough, this embarrassment to history, common sense and Republicans is a petition that asserts—what, defiance? Civil war?—if the U.S. Supreme Court does as it is expected to do and declares that the U.S. government may not discriminate against gays by preventing them from marrying. The document argues in part,
To the members of the Supreme Court I say: There are tens of thousands of people of faith, in fact, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, whose faith and conscience will not allow them to respect any decision that fundamentally rejects their God, His Word and the natural order. If a majority of the court redefines marriage, thousands of Christians will respectfully refuse to acknowledge such a ruling has jurisdiction over their lives.
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, we will view any attempt to enforce such a ruling as unjust, and our duty to the Constitution, more importantly, our duty to our God, will force us to disrespect it.
We will obey God rather than man.
The petition amusingly evokes Martin Luther King, who, if memory serves, was interested in extending the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all, and not, as the signatories would prefer, limiting them, It already has over 50,000 supporters including Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, who thereby disqualify themselves from serious consideration for president by announcing their intention of disregarding the Supreme Court, Tom DeLay, and the Duggars. They are all free to find a theocracy somewhere and live in it, and also to try to find any mention of God whatsoever in the eventual decision, or a single word that actually infringes on anyone’s free exercise of religion.
Quite apart from being hysterical in its self-glorifying assumption of mistaken virtue, the pledge shows how utterly warped the values of some neolithic conservatives are, essentially placing their ability to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens in the name of God (who is also probably embarrassed by this, if He is worthy of the name) above all other existential issues that are crucial to whether the United States thrives and survives, or whether it joins Ancient Greece, Rome, the Ottoman Empire and the Soviet Union in the ash heap of failed governmental experiments.
And now, the left steps up with this…
The University of California’s New Faculty Training Guide
The University of California’s new faculty training guide decrees that phrases including “America is the land of opportunity” and “America is a melting pot” are “micro-aggressions” that may disturb some minority students and thus should be avoided. After all, says the school, they could be interpreted as “denying the significance of a person of color’s racial/ethnic experience and history,” by suggesting that they should “assimilate to the dominant culture”—as, in fact, they should. This cultural suicide now being endorsed across the entire 200,000-student University of California system through“faculty leadership seminars” that supposedly aim to “enhance department and campus climate toward inclusive excellence.”
- “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”
- “Affirmative action is racist.”
- “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”
- “When I look at you, I don’t see color.”
- “I don’t believe in race.”
- “Gender plays no part in who we hire.”
Which of these examples of ideology gone haywire is worse? As far as craziness and irrationality goes, it is a dead heat: nuts is nuts. In ethics as well, it’s a flat-footed tie: who can choose whether it is worse to advocate denying equal rights to gays, or to attempt to constrict free thought and speech in order to destroy the linear constant of civilization we refer to as “culture”?
Nonetheless, there is a winner. The antigay petition is just a scream of ignorance in the dark, empty grandstanding by the politicians involved, and doomed to failure. Of course it is ugly and irresponsible, but it also the last gasp of a reactionary group that has already lost. The University of California, however, is a school, and is actively and successfully engaged in indoctrination. It’s insanity and restriction of rights is ascendant, and that makes it the far more dangerous phenomenon.