Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Not surprising....

...your social superiors hate you, despise you, are close minded against you, want to see you die horribly...

...if you are one of them Christians.

//Yancey and Williamson asked these anti-Christian progressives (who I remind you these scholars document are only a minority of progressives) what laws they would support to “deal with” conservative Christians. The majority of liberals acquitted themselves well in rejecting legal restraints, citing the First Amendment and core liberal values. But a substantial minority (37 percent) could think of many laws they wished to pass, from stripping churches of tax exemptions, to banning homeschooling.

Astonishingly, many well-educated progressives in this sample supported laws stripping conservative Christians of basic human rights:

“Restrict their ability to become judges, senators, representatives, member of Cabinet, military chief of staff and other powerful members of government,” said a man over 75 with a bachelor’s degree. “Should not be able to make decisions regarding the law, they should somehow have to be supervised if they are working with other people (drastic, I know),” said a woman under 45 with a master’s degree. “We should put in place mandatory extreme prison sentences for anyone or any group that attempts to take away civil liberties guaranteed by our constitution,” said a middle-aged man with a master’s degree. “Churches should not be allowed to provide orphanages and adoption programs,” said one elderly man with a doctorate. “I think we should restrict the indoctrination of children in religious dogma and ritual” said a middle-aged man with a master’s degree. Conservative Christians should “not be allowed to hold political office, be police etc., serve in the armed forces,” said another middle aged man with a doctorate.

“No academic inquiry has investigated how individuals from a highly educated and politically powerful subculture may express attitudes that dehumanize out-groups,” reports Yancey and Williamson. Until now.

So I am concerned when Hollywood begins to gratify the kind of hatred on display by the minority of progressives, and for the same reasons Yancey and Williamson are concerned about the minority of socially empowered progressives who express open hatred, dehumanization, and even murderous fantasies about Christians. The fact that such views are openly expressed by even a minority of educated elites likely means that they are acceptable expressions in powerful subcultures.

But I wish I were only concerned about a movie. The truth this research reveals is that a subset of socially powerful progressives really viscerally enjoy the idea of using the law to put conservative Christians in their place. This week a judge in Washington State threw the book at a Christian grandmother who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex marriage. World Net Daily described it aptly, “Judge Authorizes Personal Ruin for Florist.”

If you favor gay marriage, especially, go look at this video of Baronnelle Stutzman and consider whether this is the kind of person you want to ruin for what she did. Not only her business but her home, her savings, and the pension of this grandmother could be used to pay the lawyers and to reimburse the couple for what this judge surely feels is not just a violation of law, but a horrible moral crime that must be punished. Animus is the word for that kind of overkill, and the thing is, it is not being demonstrated by rednecks or the uneducated, but by judges.

What kind of person sees justice in or enjoys the idea of depriving someone of her home, her pension, and her savings for asking a gay couple to find another florist?//

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