By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Tolerance is fine as long as your opinion happens to fall in line with the left; isn’t that what Political Correctness is all about? This past week KPRC had one of its managers issue an op-ed piece railing against the use of the “Stars and Bars” on personalized Texas license plates. In essence it was his opinion that such a display would only serve to agitate folks who only see it as a sign of racial prejudice and bigotry.
When the world was young I was taught the Stars and Bars represented the Confederacy, a link to my ancestors and a proud “in your face” reminder that just because the South lost, they couldn’t kill the spirit. You’d never guess from such a statement my mother was born in New Orleans and kept her accent all these years, now would ya’?
In the past several years, something interesting occurred regarding the Stars and Bars. On the one hand, some rather heavy drinking Neanderthal red neck bigots chose to use that particular logo to emphasize their immaturity. Then on the other side were the carpet baggin’ progressives who wanted to rub it in a little more that the South had been defeated; don’t show that damned flag or anything resembling it in public ever again. Did I mention my mother was a died in the wool Southerner?
In order to make sure the Stars and Bars was removed from public view, it became part of the left’s politically correct black list; only folks who think Blacks should still be slaves would promote it and only folks who hate blacks would show it in public. You have to be a racist hate monger to even consider the Stars and Bars as anything but pure hate speech. That is what the current generation has been spoon fed so that is what they believe. Pure hogwash!
Never mind history, never mind Confederate Heritage or the Sons of the Confederacy and how that symbol continues to link generations back a hundred and fifty years. No, political correctness has been applied and the Stars and Bars is hate speech.
The issue at hand is the 1st Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Similarly, it has become hate speech to voice an opinion which violates another of the left’s favorite topics, homosexuality. I’m not talking about folks who go out of their way to insult some limp wrist panty waist who happens to sashay down the sidewalk in funny looking shoes; but if the shoe fits… No, just your plain everyday conversation in which an opinion is expressed, something to the effect, “I think homosexuality is a sin.”
Progressives have taken up the banner and so the use of the word homosexual, unless it is to compliment the Mayor of Houston, that kind of talk is now hate speech. Hey, we are progressives and we get to determine what is tolerated and what is hate speech.
Take for example a Fox News story by Lari Barager out of Ft. Worth, Texas, “Student Suspended for Saying Gay is Wrong.”
“Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School.
“We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”
Ary is an honor student and probably has read and understands the Constitution. Perhaps his German instructor should try reading it. Come to think of it, the “assistant principal (who) called Ary’s mother at work to let her know he was in trouble” should read it as well. Maybe the two of them could write on the black board, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Like it or not, progressives run our public schools, universities and fill many positions of power throughout government. This is no accident as Cleon Skousen pointed out in his book, The Naked Communist. Here are just a few of their goals in no particular order:
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
How are they doing so far? Those who would destroy all that is good in America use the text of our Constitution; but only when it serves to advance their agenda. In actuality these folks hate the fact that freedom of speech applies to everyday conversations between individuals, conversations which depict them as what they are, progressives hell bent on “change.”
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”