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4. Forced participation
5. Punishment of all dissenters
Unfortunately these stages of political correctness are easily identified regardless of the topic. And they all end in punishment with those that disagree. Also notice how discussion and debate are not included in the process.
People getting all up in arms concerning the recent bill passed in Indiana are merely showing their lack of understanding of the law. What it says is that a person has a right to religious freedom unless the government entity passes a law that advances a compelling government interest (for example, freedom of expression or gay and civil rights) and that it must be the least restrictive means to do so. I encourage all those upset by the passing of the law to 1.) read the law here and 2.) inform yourselves by learning about the judicial review process. Don’t be a mindless sheep who thinks any law passed for reaffirmation of religious freedom means people are contorting the law to harm homosexuals.
I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows.
That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world. I believe the authority of parent over child, husband over wife, learned over simple to have been as much a part of the original plan as the authority of man over beast. I believe that if we had not fallen…patriarchal monarchy would be the sole lawful government. But since we have learned sin, we have found, as Lord Acton says, that ‘all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a legal fiction of equality. The authority of father and husband has been rightly abolished on the legal plane, not because this authority is in itself bad (on the contrary, it is, I hold, divine in origin), but because fathers and husbands are bad. Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us. Even the authority of man over beast has had to be interfered with because it is constantly abused.
As you perhaps know, I haven’t always been a Christian. I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.