One of my daughters is going through teen drama with some of her friends, specifically what most adults would consider mild teasing. Obviously, it’s not mild to her. As I told her, and was reminded when my parents told me: Just because someone makes fun of or in some way picks on you, you don’t have to react to it.
Lately, I needed to heed this lesson for myself as it seems there are Democrats/leftists who’ve stepped up their game to attempt to troll even the most mild-mannered among us.
When a Twitter user who seemed to have at least a working knowledge of the Bible called Sprankle out and said that the Virgin Mary did, indeed, OK the plan, Sprankle responded by calling God’s plan “an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”
The user wrote, “Sorry. LK 1 26:38 states clearly that the angel communicated God’s plan for Mary and in verse 38 she agreed. Whether you believe or disbelieve, it helps if you actually read the text.”
Sprankle responded, “The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”
So…the virgin birth of the Lord and Savior of 75% of American people was unethical or at least potentially predatory. No, not insulting in the least.
Exhibit B: I didn’t realize the First Amendment included a provision that compels speech:
In the Virginia case, the school board took things a step further, firing a teacher who didn’t violate a specific policy but simply refused a demand from a transgender student. The teacher, Peter Vlaming, is a married father of four and by all accounts well-liked by his students. About 100 students staged a walkout last week to protest his firing from West Point High School, where he taught for the past seven years.
Far from being cruel and disrespectful to the student in question—a biological girl who is posing as male—Vlaming met with her and her parents and offered to use the girl’s new name in class and avoid feminine pronouns. But he was not willing to say “he” or “him” when referring to the student in conversations with others, citing his Christian faith as the reason.
The issue came to a head when the student was wearing virtual reality goggles in the hallway and was about to run into a wall. Vlaming, seeing what was about to happen, blurted out, “Don’t let her run into the wall!” The girl’s parents heard about the incident and decided it was unhealthy for their child to remain in Vlaming’s class. He was placed on administrative leave while the school board investigated, and eventually told he could return to work only if he started using male pronouns for the student and met with her parents to tell them so. Vlaming declined, and was fired.
Exhibit C. Three Wise Men display must come down (emphasis mine).
Citizens of a small Michigan town are not giving up their Christmas traditions without a fight.
A display of the Three Wise Men atop Newaygo Elementary School has attracted the ire of a “civil rights” group. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) is demanding that the school district remove the Three Wise Men from the roof of the public building.
Amy Postma told Eastern Michigan’s CBS affiliate “9&10 News” that the figures are a symbol of Newaygo.
“It’s just a symbol of our community,” she said. “It’s always been there and we love it.”
She said that objecting to the Three Kings on a school roof was as ridiculous as saying you can’t have Santa Claus in a bank taking photos with children.
“You can’t just take away something that we’ve always done,” she added. “It’s not harming anyone, it’s not hurting anyone, so live and let live.”
The flat wooden figures have been a part of the town’s Christmas landscape since the 1940s, and the son of one of the former Newaygo students who built them has suggested a compromise.
“IMO [in my opinion], they should be allowed to remain,” wrote Lowell Godfrey on one of two posts about the controversy on the MACRA activists’ Facebook page, “so long as the schools add a wider variety of religious symbols.”
I take issue with that last comment.
No, we do not have to offer a wider variety of religious symbols. Would a pentagram signifying Satanism be okay? What about Kwanzaa, which is not a religion? If 75% of Americans identify as Christian, Christmas symbols are good to go.
We know Democrats keep pushing the envelope; even five years ago, who would have thought you will be forced to call someone by a different pronoun? And maybe we should take some of the blame for acquiescing to things like “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
However, at least at the micro level, I will not take the bait, and I will not accept stupid positions coming from clearly faithless and bored people.
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