Travel hangover today: I’ll do the best I can…
1. Thank you, loyal commenters, for a yeoman job in yesterday’s Open Forum.
2. Confederate Statuary Ethics Train Wreck update. Now the historical airbrushers (all from Progressiveland, just in case you couldn’t guess) are going after Civil War recreations and commemorative events. The head of the Lake County Forest Preserve in Illinois declared that there would be no more annual Civil War Days event after next month’s edition, if he gets his way. He doesn’t think Confederate flags should ever be displayed, even in battle recreations. Besides, he wants the event to be retooled so that instead of commemorating the single most important period and struggle in U.S. history, it advances an understanding of climate change.
(Who are these people? How did they get this way? What do we do about them so the cultural damage they inflict is contained?)
The home-grown historical censor also said,
“This has nothing we want, nor should celebrate, nor re-enact. When southern states are being made to tear down every statute representing this racist, murdering chapter of our history, I can’t believe here in Lake County our own forest preserve is preserving and celebrating it every year, and with our tax dollars.”
This deliberately brain-dead approach to U.S. history is working (aided greatly by the atrocious neglect of American history in our schools), and by working I mean promoting ignorance so citizens can be more easily misled. The Wall Street Journal reported that visits to Civil War national battlefields are falling off. Over 10 million Americans visited Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, Chickamauga/Chattanooga, and Vicksburg in 1970. They only had 3.1 million visitors last year.
That’s about as many tourists as visited the “Cheers” bar in Boston.
3. Oberlin race-baiting update: in case you missed it, the jury in the Gibson’s Bakery case hit the college with the maximum punitive damages, capped by law at 22 million dollars.
The rhetoric coming from the school as well as its “defense” is still astounding. Oberlin’s position remains that it wasn’t slandering the family bakery as racist (for stopping and having arrested black students who admitted to trying to steal from it); it was merely being supportive of students—who were calling for a boycott of the store and picketing it as racist for stopping and having arrested black students who admitted to trying to steal from it. The innocent “support” included a dean handing out boycott flyers, the school cancelling its contract with the bakery, and Toni Myers, Oberlin College’s Multicultural Resource Center Director sending out a text that said, “After a year, I hope we rain fire and brimstone on that store.”
I don’t get it. Colleges are supposed to teach students how to make good decisions, live by ethical values, and to behave responsibly. Why would an institution that understands that what its students are doing is wildly unjust and irrational support them?
“The inmates are running the asylum” has seldom been more apt than it is now in academia. Universities are enabling their students’ worst impulses and most unbalanced beliefs rather than doing the task they are paid—exorbitantly– to do: education.
It has also been noted that both the New York Times and the Washington Post have done their utmost to minimize their coverage of this story, both printing same the spare, bare bones Associated Press account, and burying it deep in the first section. This is an especially ugly example of what the divisive, progressive mob mentality on campuses and elsewhere is doing to American society, and should be a wake-up call.
Naturally, the mainstream media would like to fade quietly away.
4. If the characters have even rudimentary ethics, there’s no movie. I finally watched “The Box,” the Richard Matheson-inspired horror movie about a strange man who gives a box with a button to a married couple and tells them that if the push it, they will receive a million cash free dollars, and somewhere, a stranger will die. Annoyingly, this is presented as an ethical dilemma . It’s not an unethical dilemma. It’s an easy call, or should be, for a million, for a billion, for a trillion.
Nevertheless, the wife (Cameron Diaz) pushes the button. If you can’t figure out what this eventually leads to, you haven’t wasted nearly enough of your life watching “Twilight Zone” episodes and supernatural horror movies.
5. How can people justify being such cruel assholes? Madison’s Café in O’Fallon, Missouri cancelled a reservation for a wedding rehearsal dinner when it found out that the groom was a she. When the incident was publicized, the establishment played the God Card, posting a long and cloying statement including,
Honoring God: We believe that everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to honor Him through our activities, events, and endeavors.In order to honor God, we will not host or facilitate any event that we believe directly contradicts our Christian principles.
Ugh. A rehearsal dinner is a dinner, not a religious ceremony or any ceremony at all. If you think a gathering of friends and relatives to eat and drink, contradict any Christina principles, you need a refresher course in your own faith. I guerantee, without question that many, many dinners have taken place at Madison’s Café without interference that celebrated abortions, gay relationships, adultery, unethical business transactions, even crimes. A restaurant has no business delving into the private lives of patrons to decide who is worthy of their services.
Somehow, I find it hard to believe that any god worth respecting, much less worshiping, is honored when his creations behave like assholes while invoking His or Her name.
Now, if Oberlin students picketed this place, I’d be supportive. However, it’s doubtful that an Ohio boycott of a bigoted restaurant in Missouri would have much impact.
6. While we’re on the topic of charming eateries, how about this receipt that an African America woman was handed at a Mississippi restaurant called “Who Dat’s”?
The employee was fired. But the abused customer, while posting it on social media, wrote…
“I seek justice for this hate crime and I will no longer remain silent,” she wrote. “I’ve lived in Oxford for 5 years and I’m still having to deal with this type of ignorance. I’m not a rude or hateful person. I was not rude when I was at this establishment and was greeted with this kind of service. I will not stand for it.”
No. The woman was insulted and demeaned. She was cruelly mistreated, and she has every reason to be angry. THis was not, however, a “hate crime.” Words are not crimes. People are going to keep repeating the false and dangerous lie that simply saying offensive things or expressing racist sentiments is, or should be, a crime, until is seeps into the culture and poisons society.
Every intelligent, educated, Bill of Rights literate citizen has an obligation to slap down and rebut efforts to criminalize speech, wherever they appear.