As Christmastime rolls around again we should take special care not to cause offence when sending group emails and Tweets wishing close friends and relatives happy holidays.
With apologies to American commentator Michelle Malkin, something along the following lines is probably safe; ‘Please accept with no obligation implied or explicit best wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2018, but not without due respect for the calendars of other cultures whose contributions have made Australia great. Not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country. These wishes are sent without regard to your race, creed, colour, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference’.
For those traditionalists who insist on sending Christmas cards, a trigger warning on the envelope is probably the best bet.
Why this cringe when the 2016 census tells us the majority of Australians are Christian, being more than six times all other faiths combined? Surely a country confident of its place in the world should be able to celebrate its festivals in the time-honoured way? Don’t minority faiths and non-believers accept this reality?
Well, theoretically, but in practice, no. The truth is, that a politically well-organised and immensely powerful grievance industry, pushed by what former prime minister John Howard calls ‘minority fundamentalists’, has a different view of how the world should look. Having captured the legislature it is now intent on turning society’s belief system upside-down. Christianity and core values like freedom of speech aren’t part of its programme. It promotes different priorities and enlists the young’s support through indoctrination in schools and universities. Its mission is backed by the ambitious Australian Human Rights Commission which fosters a climate of white guilt and political correctness and silences non-conformists. It excels in contorting our understanding of fundamental human rights and discrimination. It elevates sexual identity above religious faith and, feminism above common sense. Take ‘marriage equality’. Despite religious opposition and with only 47,000 same sex couples identified, $122 million was allocated on a token survey when the minority fundamentalists in parliament would have passed it into law regardless. Earlier allusions to the contrary, the Prime Minister endorsed a bill co-signed by Labor and the Greens leaving religious protections to the mercy of the Senate which has since rejected all calls. Seeking exemptions was probably futile anyway.
Despite initial exemptions, Ireland’s Catholic schools were, within months, required to employ open homosexuals. In Canada and California, using the wrong pronoun can land you in prison. And this exaggerated sense of victimhood moved the British government to lobby the UN to change its human rights treaty by removing the term ‘pregnant woman’ because, even though only two cases of transgender pregnancy in the UK are known, it ‘excludes’ transgender people. In the grievance industry, it’s the seeming that counts. A complicit media hushed-up the sexual abuses of a slew of A-lister celebrities, but Mark Steyn reassures us that ‘Hollywood is so exquisitely sensitive that when it options a novel called The Chinaman it feels obliged to change it to The Foreigner, lest any, er, man from China takes offence at the word “Chinaman”.’
Identity politics has now reached the armed forces, the last bastion of masculinity. Recruitment is no longer merit based. Female quotas and dumbed down fitness tests ensure the ‘right’ gender balance is achieved. Contrary to the federal Sex Discrimination Act many military jobs are advertised with a ‘no men need apply’ warning. Language is constantly under review and neutered. Shouting at subordinates is outlawed. In combat, courtesy may become our secret weapon.
Racism is a major focus of the grievance industry, sometimes with justification. Now the majority is accused of ‘not telling the history of an event or the experience of a group of people in our country’ and asked to ‘stop identifying politically as white in the interest of equality’. By introducing the concept of invasion, it is argued Aborigines should achieve constitutional recognition and a treaty which bestows a status not open to all Australians. The Greens champion a political candidate on the basis she is an Aboriginal woman – the very discrimination they claim to despise.
In this brave new world we must apply today’s values by severing ourselves from our history. Plaques and statues of former heroes, now judged to be oppressors, should be removed. Australia Day and Anzac day are offensive reminders of atrocities past. The UN’s Zero Discrimination Day and the International Day of Yoga seem safe substitutes.
While presented as local and spontaneous, today’s grievance industry is part of a global movement aimed at destroying the established order from within. Rather than resist this sinister intrusion into every aspect of our lives, ‘There is a sense’, to quote John Howard, ‘in which people are so frightened of being accused of being discriminatory, or intolerant, that they don’t speak the common-sense view.’ Why risk expensive legal action, negative publicity and personal vilification on a point of principle? Many who observe the cultural and political changes happening around them, see it as the inevitable consequence of a ‘benevolent’ government reaching for a promised land, free from inequality. With churches weakened on so many fronts, a ‘social’ religion has attractions.
Alas, it is a mythical utopia. Any government big enough to give people all that they want is big enough to take all that they have. The redistributive measures employed, ensure bigger government, greater state dependence, less personal freedom, declining economic activity and poverty for the masses – the very environment in which slavery and discrimination thrive.
We are not well served by our leaders. They lack principle and would rather surrender to the forces of intolerance than defend the values on which our free society is based. Perhaps it’s time to reunite with those who are still brave enough to wish us ‘happy Christmas’.
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