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Post Neon Knight on Sun 18 Jun - 10:44


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4612720/Tim-Farron-s-ousting-Lib-Dem-leader-left-victory.html

One of the great myths of our age is that we live in a time of unparalleled tolerance, a paradise of liberalism, conscience and free speech. You can think what you like, say what you like and do as you please, and nobody will ever tell you otherwise. That is the theory. The reality, alas, is rather different. For this week came yet another worrying sign that the prejudices of our liberal cultural elite are no less stifling and no less repressive than the taboos they pride themselves on having banished.

At the heart of this is the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who resigned on Wednesday after less than two years in the job. I hold no torch for Mr Farron, who never struck me as an international statesman in waiting. But when I heard him say he could not reconcile his heartfelt Christian principles with his leadership of an avowedly liberal party, I wondered what had happened to our traditions of tolerance and democracy . . .

Alas, this is not merely an issue for the Lib Dems, for the sickness of liberal intolerance is far more widespread. Seeping out of our schools and universities, the culture of hysterical outrage is now in real danger of polluting our public life, stifling debate and silencing dissent.

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Post Gaut on Sat 1 Jul - 20:45

Could it be that he had a change of heart, or even that he realized what the real meaning of liberalism is? It cannot be forgotten that liberalism is oppositional to everything traditional except perhaps for a few things which bear the mere name of tradition and serve as a show for it.
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Post Sary on Mon 7 Aug - 1:23

It is very confusing for children,who are now schooled according to the new liberal curriculum.
In class they are taught one thing ,at home another. I know that it is difficult for my teen age son.
I see how many young adults look down on their parents and grandparents for their conservative beliefs. It really is brainwashing of our youth.
It is disturbing to see the intolerance and anger that is directed towards anyone that does not agree with the agenda.
I generally keep my opinions to myself irl,because I do not want to be painted as an ignorant racist .
The state that I live in is very liberal.
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Post Neon Knight on Mon 7 Aug - 2:00

It's true that not everything in society was better in the past, and some attitudes had to change. But many of today's progressives, egalitarians, whatever, seem to assume that all traditional values are bad. How arrogant - they are so convinced that they are on the side of the angels! They know better than generations of people that came before them!

A pretty good recent article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4652886/Why-intolerance-bigotry-reminds-1930s.html

"Most of us count ourselves lucky to live in a democracy. Ours is one of the world's great cradles of political freedom, a land where we are free to write, think and vote exactly as we wish.

What would it be like, though, to live in a world where all that was taken away? What would it be like to live in a country where opposing views were shouted down and politicians were afraid to speak in public? How would it feel to live in a land where demagogues whipped up lynch mobs with talk of murder and insurrection, where newspapers were destroyed and posters defaced, where academics and teachers preached intolerance and bigotry?

Well, if you want to know, I am afraid you only have to look around Britain today.

In the House of Commons this week, South East Cornwall's Conservative MP Sheryll Murray told her fellow MPs about the campaign of intimidation waged against her by supporters of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 'Over the past months,' she said, 'I've had swastikas carved into posters, social media posts like 'burn the witch' and 'stab the C', people putting Labour Party posters on my home, photographing them and pushing them through my letterbox. Someone even urinated on my office door.' . . .

What is at stake is not just basic human courtesy. It is something much deeper: our love of democracy, our tradition of pluralism, our respect for alternative views.

Two years ago, after the previous election, I wrote in the Mail about a hitherto obscure philosophy lecturer called Rebecca Roach. Evidently disappointed by Ed Miliband's defeat, Dr Roach wrote an Oxford University blog post claiming that supporting the Conservatives ought to be 'as objectionable as expressing racist, sexist, or homophobic views', and that conservative values ought to be made 'socially unacceptable'.

At the time, I hoped she was a one-off, a crank, incarcerated for her own good in an ivory tower. But in the academic world — and as recent Mail investigations have shown, in our school staff rooms, too — such sentiments are only all too common."

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