What’s that you say? You don’t feel as if you’re being fought over? Well, I’m not one to argue feelz. However, the objective evidence is as plain as a fart. Would you like some?
- Church music director cleared of assault charge.
- Where dialogue with “liberals” gets you.
- Hillary’s “deprogramming” program.
- A pro-life…bank?
- This tidbit in the “marital wars.”
Please read all five of those articles. I’d expect any Gentle Reader of Liberty’s Torch to see the relevance.
If you are not permitted to defend yourself when attacked, you have no rights whatsoever. If you are not permitted to speak your mind, you are disarmed when facing those who seek to program you. If the major institutions of the nation are steadily turning hostile to you, such that you must create alternatives specific to your convictions, you are under siege. Finally, if virulent, hatred-soaked hostility is permeating even the rituals by which we form our marital unions, what will become of us?
This is not about any particular set of beliefs, religious, political, or otherwise. Rather, it’s about the multi-front attack on freedom of conscience.
Sometimes an attacker isn’t identifiable. For example, Co-Conspirator Ragin’ Dave received this “comment” to this piece:
Says the Judeo Christian Boomers. When the Jihad or whatever it will be called breaks out in America your asses are done. The younger generations have had enough of your postulations to last a lifetime. Nobody likes Judeo Christian Boomers. The only thing standing in the way of all of you getting your asses kicked up and down the street daily is the law and God’s threat of Hell for taking your sorry asses out. Make no mistakes, your on the list.
Charming, eh? I trashed it, of course. But the point is clear: the “commenter,” too much a coward to post under his actual name, hates Dave for daring to speak his mind, and wants to let Dave know it. Were enough such haters to register their “opinions” in concert, a weaker man than Dave might be cowed out of expressing his opinions.
Of course the attacker was identifiable in the case of Nathan Perry. The bullhorn-toting villain who had him charged with assault has many confreres. All of them have the same agenda: to silence their opponents by any means necessary. They often infest pro-free-speech rallies and pro-life demonstrations. They’ve even attacked those rallying for the incarcerated January 6 protestors.
I’d say the pattern is “obvious,” but, well, you know.
Once more, with feeling:
[C]ourage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky. [C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters]
A time is upon us when the courage of one’s convictions is one of the most important virtues one can possess. Indeed, it may be the most important. Concerning the “whistleblower” whom Divemedic cited, a fainting-flower type tried to argue that under those conditions, no counteraction is possible because “it’s all videotaped” and “the police are against us.” I argued to the contrary, in response to which he accused me of spouting “noble words” – “Please have a name tag on so we know you actually acted on your fine words.” – i.e., being a poseur. But cowards are like that; for anyone near to them, even on the Web, to express more courage than they possess is intolerable to them.
The Left has been capitalizing on our reluctance to “go to the mattresses” for quite some time. Consider the 2017 inauguration ceremony for Donald Trump. Consider what went on in Washington that day. It might not be the first time persons in the Right were physically attacked for daring to be in the Right, but it was a dramatic demonstration of where matters stood that day…and since then.
God will not easily forgive those who refuse to stand to their tack when assailed or threatened.