The Insanity of Hypersensitivity

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.44.06 PM“…In 2003 Shaykh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a member at that time of the Senior Council of Clerics, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, issued a fatwa stating “Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam,” and that anyone who says otherwise “is an infidel.”…”

You are racist if you use the wrong color of toilet paper, don’t say the right words, and think the wrong thoughts. You hate animals if you don’t donate to protecting African animals, even though this summer, lions are predators and kill people. You are anti-LGBT if you don’t want a bigoted religous freak destroyed because she did violated federal law about marriage licenses. If you admit to being a Christian you are mentally ill and delusional. I’ve decided I’m just going to be me, think what I think, write what I want to write, and treat everyone decently and with respect until they prove they don’t deserve that respect. If that makes me a delusional racist bigot, well, just deal with it.

One of the things that interests me is the way the Kim Davis case is being handled, especially in the media and via social media.  Very few people are willing to think the whole case through, without being biased.  When you remove the bias, and go for logic and legality, it could be that David Bunning is very wrong in his jailing the woman on contempt.  It really doesn’t matter.  Unfortunately, she pushed him into a corner and there was no recourse – or was there.

Never mind that the couples in question could have gone to another county, and driven maybe 30 miles down an interstate highway for a license that was good in the whole state.  They  were being treated like second class citizens.  So, they had to prove a point.  They were right, but at what cost?  The judge was right, but at what cost?  The people supporting the LGBT couples were/are right, but at what cost?

It’s too bad we don’t live in a world where one of the most important possessions was not money and wealth, but common sense and wisdom, and a sense of fairness. Nothing that happened in that little Kentucky county has been fair, for anyone.  It is not fair to the Davis family for constantly mentioning the family’s past, especially when Kim Davis acknowledges it, and has a conversion story.  Then again, it wasn’t fair the way the left treated the Palin family.  But, that doesn’t matter.

The left is good at treating people who don’t live up to their standards like dirt.

The right is nasty.

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

All that really matters is that the left (which is far worse than the right this) can do something superficial, like holding hands and singing something pithy, and feel good about themselves.  Right now, they’re doing a wonderful job highlighting the evil that was slavery before the Civil War.  They are basically damning an entire segment of the country.  History doesn’t matter.  Facts don’t matter.  Don’t get in the way of self-righteous indignation.

I have a very ugly theory about this.  By concentrating on the past, the left in this country can be self-righteous, relevant, and pat itself on the back.  They can damn Christians all they want, and say how bad we are, and how destructive.  That way they don’t need to discuss the fact that, under the Obama Administration, the lives of Christians are a dime a dozen.  Books written by Christians, books that are 2000 years old are being destroyed by ISIS.  But, that’s okay.  Christians are nasty.  No one wants to use the ‘genocide‘ word.  That would be terribly uncomfortable.  We might be required to think about Christians, and the current Administration says Christians are not being persecuted.

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It doesn’t really matter, does it.  It doesn’t matter that today, there are nearly 36 million people who are enslaved.  More people today are enslaved than at any other time in history.  It’s much easier to protest a stupid woman who is breaking the law by allowing LGBT couples to get a marriage license in her county.  It’s easier to protect the Confederate flag, rewrite, and edit history to make people in the South look like monsters than face some very nasty little facts like free blacks who owned slaves.  Apparently, in the state of Louisiana, something like 25% of slaves were owned by blacks.

It is much easier to complain about the past, and be hysterical about it than face the nasty fact that more people, today, are living under some form of slavery than at any other time in history. It is much easier to be hyper sensitive about everything from climate change, to anti-vaxxers, than it is to face the fact that we live in a very nasty world, that is only getting worse.  Why bother making the present better for others when you can grab headlines about how miserable your life is?

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