Just in case you think the political left has become more rational or less extreme, I refer you to the following examples demonstrating otherwise.
Some will say these are extreme cases, not representative of mainstream leftist (excuse the oxymoron) thought and practice, but we see such examples all the time — not to mention that this type of thinking is mainstreamed in the liberal media and academia. Others will dispute that these are examples of wrongheaded thinking, which will prove that I’m not overstating my case.
Item: In her high-school graduation speech in Pennsylvania, Moriah Bridges was prohibited from praying blessings on her class; she was barred from thanking her “Heavenly Father” and her “Lord.” The school’s principal, at the direction of the school district, said her prepared remarks would have been unconstitutional. Folks, the courts have stretched the federal and state establishment clauses to absurd lengths to say that almost any expression of Christianity at a government-supported entity is prohibited. How can anyone reasonably argue that to allow a student to voluntarily offer a public prayer constitutes government support of Christianity? Does anyone ever consider the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, which precedes the establishment clause? Both clauses are designed to promote, not suppress, religious liberty, yet this school district’s Christian-hostile action in fact suppressed Bridges’ religious liberty in the name of protecting that very freedom.
Item: Along the same lines, Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for refusing to comply with the Washington state school’s order that he quit praying silently on the field because it was an impermissible public display of religion by a public school employee. Such prayer, according to the school, could be interpreted as the school district’s endorsement of religion. See what I mean? Kennedy is challenging this in court.
Item: Vero Beach High School student J.P. Krause was initially disqualified from winning his election as class president because he used tongue-in-cheek campaign slogans mirroring President Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the proposed border wall. Krause’s frivolous suggestion that they build a wall between their school and a rival school and make the other school pay for it was deemed insulting and harassment under the school district’s rules, according to the school’s principal. This is so self-evidently absurd as to obviate further comment. Only after public outcry did the Florida school’s superintendent reverse the principal’s decision.
Item: You know how same-sex marriage advocates tell us that they just want equal rights — that they just want everyone to live and let live? Transgender activist blogger Tiffany Berruti stated that if a person isn’t attracted to transgender people, he or she is “deeply transphobic.” So it is transphobic to ask or demand that a transgender person identify himself, herself or themselves as being transgender? There are just no words. If you think there are, then you may be making my case for me.
Item: Evergreen State College established a “Day of Absence” event, in which white community members were urged to leave campus for a day, as reported by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Professor Bret Weinstein questioned the idea and was confronted by some 50 students, who demanded he resign, and some members of the Evergreen community mocked or maligned him. Weinstein held a class off campus because university police informed him it was not safe for him to be on campus. “They imagine that I am a racist and that I am teaching racism in the classroom,” said Weinstein. “And that has caused them to imagine that I have no right to speak and that I am harming students by the very act of teaching them.” Do people not understand that setting aside a day to discourage whites from campus promotes racism — encouraging people to see people stereotypically, as members of a race, rather than as individuals? And if some acts of racism did occur on this campus, isn’t it racist to punish an entire group (white people) based on the behavior of a few? This is stunningly absurd.
Item: A LendEDU poll of 1,659 U.S. college students shows that 36 percent of them think “safe spaces” are “absolutely necessary” on campus, while only 37 percent disagree. Safe spaces are places adults can go where no one will hurt their feelings. For example, female student government officers at Barnard College sponsored a safe space event offering hot chocolate and “feminist coloring pages” when Donald Trump was elected president. Again, I’ll not insult your intelligence by assuming you need me to comment on this lunacy.
Item: Liberals, from Congress to “The View,” cried that President Trump’s calling members of the Islamic State group “losers” was irresponsible and could lead to terrorist recruitment and further terrorist attacks. These people would prefer that we use gentle language to describe their heinous murders because we don’t want to offend and incite other people. You know, otherwise civil people could be so outraged that they might turn into murderous losers themselves. Who thinks like this? Well, a frightening number of people on the Left, that’s who. And if you don’t believe that, then you’re simply not paying attention.
As you very well know, I could go on and on. But deniers would still say I’m generalizing. Others need hot chocolate and coloring pages. Still others would defend the examples. And that should speak for itself.
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David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “Jesus Is Risen: Paul and the Early Church.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.