Are you sick of hamfisted Matt Walsh yet? I am too, but some paragraphs from his recent rant “Attention gay rights lobby your feelings aren’t constitutionally protected” are money:
In fact, this is very much a part of the problem — this idea that you must be afraid of someone, or hate them, just because you’re reasonably critical of them.
Such a childish notion.
An adult who screams “hate” when his choices are scrutinized is acting just like a child who scampers off to cry in the corner when his mother tells him to finish his broccoli. Or perhaps even more like an angst-ridden teenager who listens to Avenged Sevenfold and screams that the world is conspiring against him, when really we just think he needs to grow up, get a job, and stop shopping at Hot Topic.
But you are not children, my friends, and you do not have a right to unhurt feelings. Your emotional state is not the world’s concern. It is yours and yours alone.
You also do not have a right to protection from views that might offend you. You choose to be offended. I cannot be responsible for that choice, nor can your neighbor, nor your coworker, nor your boss, nor your congressional representative. Nobody has ever died from being offended. Nobody has ever been hospitalized with symptoms related to chronic offendedness. Being offended is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it is an integral part of living in a free society.
Likewise, you do not have a right to be free from discrimination. We are all ‘discriminated against’ when another free citizen chooses not to associate with us to some degree, for whatever reason. To say that free citizens ought not have that choice is to say that we ought to have the power to force ourselves onto them. Accept this pretense and you accept a whole host of evils.
Using the force of law or threat of suits to ensure another is in compliance with your whims, caprice, or personal choices is the definition of totalitarian. Unfortunately, totalitarianism in the modern world isn’t of one dictator over all the people. It is each of the individual people being given access to a legal system that is being gutted of it’s foundation in negative human rights, each of us being able to live peacefully without interference from others. It is a tragedy, and it aids and abets the stupid, the lazy, and the morally corrupt.
Finally a cultural note. When the definition of “offensive” in the postmodern lexicon has become “any disapproval of another’s lifestyle, no matter how dangerous, damaging, or dysfunctional that lifestyle is,” we have gone miles and miles astray of the path of Truth and Goodness – and perhaps even Beauty. How are we to recognize these if any attempt to discuss what paths in this life are productive and which are self-destructive is silenced by someone with hypersensitive feels? Get over it people. You do not have a right t silence others because you can’t handle adult conversation.