Thought Police

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.    Psalm 84:10

Just last Saturday I wrote about the Grey Men of the East German Stasi and how they practiced no-touch torture.  Today we call it “gaslighting.”

The Stasi don’t exist anymore, but I wrote this last Saturday:

Here in the US the woke brigade are the new secret police.  Especially horrific is how they’re going after our children, indoctrinating them into woke culture and Critical Race Theory.  Those that it sticks to will end up opposing their parents and possibly end up reporting them at some point.

Now a London Daily Mail article tells us this already started as official policy in some areas!  Massachusetts public schools have official policies and documents in place to encourage students, teachers, and parents to report each other for infractions against wokeness.  From the article:

Massachusetts public school system is encouraging students, parents and staff members to report each other for incidents of ‘bias’ and ‘microaggressions’, such as saying the principal is ‘crazy’, mispronouncing names and scheduling tests on ‘cultural holidays’.

I wonder if those Holidays include Christian holidays. Hm.

How many of us in private have described someone as “crazy”?  It’s a colloquialism, a common expression to describe someone else’s thinking as being far removed from one’s own.  It doesn’t necessarily mean someone is ripe for a mental institution!  What’s happening here is that private conversations are no longer private.  You can think what you want – maybe – but you certainly can’t say it out loud.

Here are some other examples:

Failure to learn to pronounce someone’s name correctly.

You’re so articulate!

Where are you actually from?

The way you’ve overcome your disability is so inspiring!

Your name is so hard to pronounce!

There are other examples of things that people really should be sensitive about, like telling jokes to insult people.  But I must say that a lot of humor comedians practice could be classified as racist but is not!

Carlos Mencia’s whole shtick is telling racial – not racist – jokes.  He explains that friends joke with each other about their idiosyncrasies.  It’s a way of recognizing differences and even celebrating them.  His language is usually pretty course, but I get his point.

The real problem here is not so much that people should be able to be as inconsiderate as they wish.  First, we have a constitution which guarantees free speech, freedom of expression.  Second, when people abuse that freedom, those instances should be resolved somehow between individuals and not to rat someone out to some authority!  That’s the beginning of an authoritarian state.

Nicole Neily, president and founder of the Parents Defending Education said the program served to silence debate and discussion.

Once made aware of these programs’ existence, most rational students simply refrain from discussing potentially controversial topics altogether out of an abundance of caution; as a result, whole lines of discussion and arguments that might be found on a nightly news show quietly and conveniently disappear from college campuses… Bias response teams send a clear message not only that certain opinions are wrong but that the correct coping method, when confronted with such a situation, is to ‘go tell the grownups.’

Interpersonal skills are degraded or never even developed in an atmosphere fearful restraint.

We should all be considerate of each other with our speech.  That’s a given.  That’s what God very clearly tells us to do.

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.    Proverbs 12:18

There are plenty more like that.

Love is what should govern private and public behavior and speech.  Sometimes we make a mistake.  Sometimes we give in to our worse natures.  But there is no room for love, forgiveness, and reconciliation when we start reporting people to the thought police.

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