It seems I have some liberal knickers in a knot north of the border.
The left is anything if not predictable. It tickles me to no end when, by way of their utterly unhinged reaction to one of my columns, secular-â€progressivesâ€ end up proving true the very point I was trying to make.
Among other things, I noted this objective reality in the piece â€“ a reality demonstrated with crystal clarity by liberalsâ€™ (to include the Canadian governmentâ€™s) contemptible response to the column itself:
â€œTo fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, â€˜gay marriageâ€™ and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether [not to mention free speech].
â€œUnder the guise of â€˜anti-discrimination,â€™ Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels. â€¦
â€œChristians,â€ I continued, â€œtrue Christians â€“ regenerate, Bible-believing Christians who strive their level best to maintain fidelity to the word of God and honor His commands â€“ will not, indeed cannot, participate in, approve of, facilitate or encourage certain behaviors deemed by the Holy Scriptures to be immoral or sinful.
â€œIt is not done from hate. It is not done from bigotry. It is done neither from a position of superiority nor a desire to â€˜impose our beliefsâ€™ upon others.
â€œIt is done from both obedience to Christ and compassion for our fellow fallen who yet wallow in folly. â€¦
â€œIn the ongoing culture war, it seems there are no rules of engagement. The secular left will accept nothing short of unconditional surrender. That is to say, the pagans demand that we Christians abandon the biblical worldview altogether, and adopt their own.
â€œThis will never happen.â€
You couldâ€™ve timed their response to a stopwatch. Want to see a collectivist conniption? Drop an unvarnished truth bomb in the middle of Canada, most of Europe or blue-state USA and sit back for the mouth-frothing. Itâ€™s quite a show. The bright light of salty truth both blinds and burns those given over to reprobation.
CBC News, the â€œlargest news broadcaster in Canada,â€Â reportedÂ on both my column and the ensuing response: â€œMembers of a Newfoundland and Labrador Pride group were so outraged about a two-page anti-gay [read: Christian] letter to the editor published by an entertainment magazine in the province, they filed a human rights complaint.â€
Several other â€œgay rightsâ€ organizations have since picked up their pitchforks and joined the mob. The Canadian government was likewiseÂ quick to react.Â Remzi Cej of Canadaâ€™s â€œHuman Rights Commissionâ€ (something between a Star Chamber and a kangaroo court, but without that level of credibility) said, â€œheâ€™s disappointed that the Herald has cited â€˜free speechâ€™ as justification for publishing the opposing viewâ€ (because, of course, to the leftist, free speech is only â€œfreeâ€ when itâ€™s speech with which they agree).
CBC News continued: â€œIn its Aug. 3-9 issue, The Newfoundland Herald published â€˜The Coming Christian Revoltâ€™ in its Letters to the Editor section.â€
â€œThe letter is a blog post from author and right-wing American blogger Matt Barber, who published the piece on his own website, barbwire.com, last month.
â€œIn the letter, Barber took direct aim at a number of topics, including abortion and gay marriage.
â€œWestern Pride NL member Kyle Curlew, who initiated filing the complaint, said his â€˜jaw droppedâ€™ when he first saw the two-page letter.
â€œâ€˜I couldnâ€™t even believe that it was published in the Herald. It was a rallying call for people to stand against LGBT rights. Essentially, hate propaganda,â€™ Curlew told CBC.
â€œCurlew said after reading the letter, he decided to take the matter to police.
â€œâ€˜We filed a human rights complaint under C-46, Section 19, which is â€œpropaganda and the incitement of hate towards an identifiable group.â€ So we are hoping to press charges.â€™â€
The Telegram, another mainstream Canadian publication, furtherÂ reportedÂ that both my column and the fact that the Newfoundland Herald published it each constitute â€œa hate crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.â€ (Ahh â€¦ donâ€™t you love the smell of tyranny in the morning? Come and get me, you homofascist Canucks.)
While there are exceptions to the rule, generalizations typically become generalizations because they generally hold true. Saving perhaps orthodox Muslims, todayâ€™s secular-â€progressivesâ€ are among the most closed-minded and self-deluded people on the planet.
Indeed, the self-styled champions of â€œtoleranceâ€ and â€œdiversityâ€ prove, over and again, to be the most intolerant and monolithic among us. Their version of â€œintoleranceâ€ (i.e., any philosophical position that runs afoul of the rigid dictates of â€œpolitical correctnessâ€) simply will not be tolerated.
The left is a walking paradox. It is irony personified. While liberalsâ€™ complete lack of self-awareness, self-righteous snobbery, aloof emotionalism and obtuse circular reasoning make them an easy target for ridicule, these things quickly move from curious to dangerous when they control the reins of government.
Back in April, my good friend and pro-family advocate Peter LaBarbera and his Canadian Christian host Bill WhatcottÂ were arrestedÂ in Regina, Saskatchewan, for preaching the Gospel on a university campus. When they began calmly and peacefully sharing about biblical sexual morality and the abortion holocaust, police were called and LaBarbera spent two days in jail. He now faces potential prison time when he returns in October for his trial. (Stop the â€œtolerance!â€ It hurts! Canada, what have you let happen to your once free nation?)
As for the Newfoundland Heraldâ€™s publication of my column, Managing Editor Pam Pardy-Ghent told CBC News, â€œWe have received so much feedback on this letter, more than we have ever received before on any matter or topic. This is obviously something, and rightfully so, that has infuriated a number of people, and has inspired them to reach out to us.
â€œWe will be responding to this issue â€“and running many of the responses we have received â€“ in the next, and in future editions of The Newfoundland Herald. While free speech is very important to us, being responsive and responsible to the people of this province is as well.â€
Ms. Pardy-Ghent, free speech may well be important to you, but itâ€™s now verboten in Canada (and is fast becoming that way here in the U.S.). Though we may or may not agree on the issues, I nonetheless admire and respect your courage, apparent appreciation for open discourse and clear disdain for censorship. Youâ€™re welcome to publish this column as well.
Better get your affairs in order first.