Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Confessions of Liberal (In)Tolerance From Those Who Often Promote It

In recent weeks, two articles in unlikely places have called out liberal intolerance. The first was published at Vox which discussed liberal smugness (you can read it here). Vox is by no means a member of the "right wing conspiracy." The second notable article was written by noted columnist Nicholas Kristof and published in the New York Times which, again, is not known for showing favoritism or even sensitivity to the evangelical cause. In the column, Kristof directly calls out liberal intolerance.

He begins with the following:
We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.
“Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.”
You can read the rest of the article here.

Perhaps we are starting to see some self-reflecting among the liberal elite, but frankly, my understanding of the doctrine of sin tells me that though we may see pockets of the left discovering their own hypocrisy, they will be far and few between. Political liberalism is a religion. Pure and simple. Liberalism popularity is spread through fear, coercion, intolerance, and emotional appeal.

Nevertheless, its good to see both Vox and Kristof discover what conservatives in general and evangelical Christians in particular have been saying for decades. The worse intolerance isn't on the right, but on the left. What if frightful is the law is increasingly on their side.
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