June 29, 2014
Occasionally I’m reminded of the downward trajectory of the discourse in America over social issues like gay marriage. And, by occasionally, I mean several times a day. Proponents of gay “marriage” and all sorts of tolerance-toters typically speak in lofty terms about how open-minded and forward-thinking they are. However, when confronted with somebody’s viewpoint which does not fall lock-step in line with what they selectively call “tolerance”, these faux civil rights pioneers quickly devolve into name calling, shouting down opponents, and condescending or degrading those who think differently. After all, as it often is when debating the left, “the debate is over”–even though nearly 50% of Americans still oppose the redefinition of the institution of marriage.
Overstock.com thinks you are un-American if you support marriage, according to a spokesperson.
It will only be a few short years before even the insinuation that you don’t believe that marriage is anything that any small minority of people might decide it is, or you believe that your gender is dictated by your genitalia and not your mood that day will get you fired from most any job (it has already happened to Brendan Eich at Mozilla) and run out of business by the government (cake bakers* and photographers* across the country can say Amen). Calm, reasoned argument is met with insult. Personal attacks; the new standard for a valid argument.
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December 12, 2012
I was thinking today about the Boy Scouts of America’s purpose, what with all of the anti-Boy Scout rhetoric these days due to their adherence to Christian values. Isn’t one of the major purposes of the BSA to prepare boys for the world? I have to say they are doing a pretty poor job. I mean, no gays in leadership? Teaching survival skills? No interneting 101? No Tweeting? Isn’t that fundamental? Their silly oath goes something like this:
“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight”
Wow! How backwards! Antiquated, even! Might as well throw in some Pennsylvania Dutch, am I right? As a service to the Boy Scouts, I think we can make some progress in dragging the BSA into the 21st century, by revising their oath. Here goes:
“On my honor, I will try, but cannot guarantee,
To respect the God (or lack thereof) of my choosing and my country (though only if it is led by people I agree with),
and to obey the Scout Law when it is convenient;
To help people when I can, but force others to help when I cannot;
To keep myself physically strong by only eating organically, and by promising to avoid the Atkins diet, to remain intellectually dishonest if it suits me, and to affirm all moral codes, including sexual orientations (wait, aren’t I only 10 years old?) regardless of their value.”
That should do it. Now maybe Boy Scout troop meetings can be held in civic buildings again. Do I hear a second?
– David Teesdale is proud to have been a Boy Scout and commends them for standing for moral values in a time when the only thing that society wants to affirm is moral relativity.
April 28, 2010
How is it pursuit of "equality" to demand special treatment from the military? Just ask G.I. Jane how it is done.
April 20th was a busy day. Stoners around the world lit up on 4-20, Kal Penn gets robbed while doing the walk of shame in Dupont Circle, and gay veterans handcuffed themselves to the fence outside of the White House in order to protest… uh… the… fact that homosexuals can serve in the military, so long as they don’t wear mesh t-shirts, cross dress and jam to Elton John ballads while they are in Basic. Gay activists have become increasingly militant in their attempts to berate and blackmail the current Administration into turning don’t ask don’t tell into ask, tell, and flout sexuality. They are demanding that gays be allowed to flamboyantly serve in the armed forces, and somehow manage to equate this cause to a civil rights crusade, while it is really nothing more than a hypocritical pursuit of validation. Read the rest of this entry »