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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Culture War?

We hear it now from the's a culture war. And it's been a culture war for a long time.

Well, yes, it is. And the right declared it.

Right-wingers think that there's too much sex, too much acceptance of "alternate lifestyles," too much booty-shaking in popular culture--just too much of what they don't like. And therefore, since they don't like what they see, they're free to demonize anyone they don't like.

Without getting into the fact that these folks seem to misunderstand everything about Christ's message when they claim to act in Christ's name, isn't it a bit ridiculous for right-wingers to act pouty and righteous when they're advocating eradicating the constitutional rights of people whose views and lifestyles they just don't like? Lifestyles and things that just make them feel icky, or scare them, or make them question their tiny little universes?

Some righties claim that hate comes from the left, but that's garbage. Who fought for civil rights in the 60s? The left. Who fought against it? The right. Who stands up for the rights of the oppressed, the poor, the mentally ill? The left. Not the right. The Republicans still like to call themselves "The party of Lincoln." What a laugh. (I wonder if they'll keep doing that now that allegations have arisen that he was gay!)

I don't hear anyone on the left using the kind of ridiculous vituperation that emanates quite regularly from well-paid right-wing radio commentators, many of whom don't really even believe the junk they say on the air, but are going for all the money they can get.

Yes, it's a culture war. And the right has declared it. And now we on the left have to figure out how to fight when all we want to do is to be left alone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Stu, it's Jonathan with some braindrizzle on this post. The irony is that the only places in the NT that I know of where Jesus speaks directly on judgment day, he says the decision is based entirely on secular charitable works (Matthew 25, the story of the rich man and beggar Lazarus). When Reggie White defended his anti-gay remarks to the Wisconsin state legislature on the basis of Biblical literalism, I was amazed that not one person shoved the Fourth Commandment in his face and call him a whore. But I'll play contrarian here a bit: I have heard some pretty nasty stuff from the left (check out Democratic Underground, let alone Daily Kos, which I hear is the most popular blog in cyberspace). I think a lot of the 2004 vote was from "light red" voters taking revenge on perceived snobbery from the "intellectual elite" -- when I would get into email discussions with such people, it usually boiled down to "I know [the economy is in trouble, we shouldn't slow stem cell research, etc.], but I just don't trust the Democrats to do anything but sell us folk out." And I don't think the left did a good job even trying to speak the language of social conservatives, which shows respect even when disagreeing. One week that I drove out to Iowa to work for Kerry, I was canvassing with two Chicagoans wearing gay pride buttons. Yes, yes, but this was rural Iowa. There must be something in the "Art of (Culture) War" about camaflouge! (PS, I don't spell any better now than I did when I lived in Evanston...)

7:11 AM, February 02, 2005

Blogger amo said...

vituperation? you're gonna make me work at this? sheesh. *pulls up and types in obscenely long word*

okay . . .

one thing that pisses me off about this most recent war between politics and religion is that so many conservative christians say you can't be a christian and a liberal (or even liberal-minded) at the same time. i beg to differ, and if that makes me a sinner, then so be it. i highly doubt the specks in the conservative christians' eyes are any smaller than the rod they see in mine.

12:13 PM, February 02, 2005

Blogger amo said...

okay, i had that backwards, but you know what i meant.

12:15 PM, February 02, 2005

Blogger said...

It is a culture war. I agree with that. Rock on with the cool stuff!

4:45 PM, February 02, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone needs a friend who uses words like "vituperation". ;)

10:29 AM, February 04, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes it seems like the "Right Wingers" do NOTHING but stand in waiting for something to really piss them off about the "Left," the media, books, movies. Then, they hear what they want to hear, get all riled up and start yelling about how BAD the world is and the BAD LIBERALS who made it BAD...and then they go to sleep, feeling superior, content, and just as stupid as they were the day before

11:09 AM, February 08, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought the morality crusade was reactionary, a response to a culture change initiated by visionary radicals in the sixties. Or am a twenty years too soon?

12:53 PM, February 08, 2005


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