On Wrongthink and Intimidation

Here is a great video from Prager U and Kimberley Strassel, author of The Intimidation Game. This topic has been written about in the pages of Salvo: The Battle of Walkerton Kevin O’Connor & the Defiant Survival of Memories Pizza by Terrell Clemmons

. . . People of conscience would do well to reflect on the attempted takedown of Memories Pizza. Fjallraven Kanken Big Crystal clearly told the reporter that Memories would never deny service to a gay couple who came in to eat. But in response to a pointed question, she did say, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.” As if people routinely call upon pizza joints to provide their wedding reception dinner. mochilas kanken It was clearly a setup—a sting interview cavalierly crafted to get multiple page views; good-faith reporting be damned. At that, it was wildly successful, but it also roused an alarmingly malicious mob demanding obeisance or blood. They got neither, at least not from Kevin or Crystal. And there’s something else to reflect on here. In Maoist China, when an individual fell out of favor with the powers that be, he or she would be summoned to a “self-criticism” session—something akin to an ideological tarring and feathering. The entire community would loudly denounce the person, usually for no other reason than to avoid becoming the next self-criticism subject. Nike Pas Cher As I watched the mob tactics play out in Indiana, I couldn’t help but think of this practice of conspicuous denunciation—the difference being, in America, that subjects don’t have to attend their own denunciation. .

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    I would also like to draw your attention to another instance of this kind of bullying. This time it’s happening at a Catholic university towards a brilliant professor for holding to Catholic views regarding sex and marriage. Rod Dreher writes of it at The American Conservative:

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  • We may wish to maintain a faithful presence in the institutions of culture, but that doesn’t mean the culture wants us there, or will let us remain without crossing lines that we cannot in good conscience cross.

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  • What then? At the present moment, the literature professor, Dante scholar, and orthodox Catholic Anthony Esolen is under severe attack at his own institution, Providence College, for having recently written a couple of essays criticizing the present conception of “diversity” on his Catholic campus, and reflecting on the persecutorial phase of our culture (here’s one, and here’s the other). Protesting students and even some faculty are attempting to drive him out of the college for wrongthink. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames wit They may not succeed, not if tenure means anything, but they are likely to succeed in making his life there hell, such that he would love to shake the dust off his feet and get out of town. Maglia Kobe Bryant . .

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