“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
One of the more recent developments, starting on campuses and now spreading into the rest of the culture, is something called Cancel Culture. Taken broadly, it means that a minority of activists can “shout” down anyone through social media that contains a viewpoint they deem not to their liking. It’s a form of mob rule.
In a country where we take freedoms for granted – freedom of speech and religion among them – the latest manifestation of the Marxist agenda is to take those freedoms away in a very subversive manner.
Recent episodes – toppling statues around the country – is a physical way of cancelling history. We can point to the Politically Correct (“PC”) movement as a way of stifling speech. It seemed innocuous at first as though it was an attempt to be sensitive to others’ feelings. Not anymore.
Cancel culture uses a mob mentality to accomplish its goal of silencing those they don’t like. Bob Unanue, the president of Goya Foods the largest Hispanic food company in America, was targeted for a boycott of Goya foods because he happened to say something nice about a sitting President. He also said nice things about Obama when he was president.
I’m amused, because most of those who advocate a boycott never buy Goya products anyway. The “boycott” was met with a “buy-cott” of his products as a push back which encouraged people to buy Goya products and donate them to food banks.
And then there is Penn State University where a tweet from the liberal arts department expressed inclusion for all students to let them know they were all important. It mentioned “conservative students”, along with Black, Latino, female, Muslim, LGBTQ+, and Jewish students.
Bad move, apparently. Diversity is not welcome at Penn State. The tweet was deleted after students were dismayed at including conservative viewpoints alongside other groups.
How did we get here? After WWII, many Universities hired German philosophers from the Frankfurt School , who were trained to “translate the ideology of Marxism from economic terms into practical cultural terms.”
“This new revolution would not promote bullets, bombs, and bloodshed in the beginning but seek to smash religion (Christianity in particular), morals, authority, and American patriotism”, according to Ron Hale.
Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist theorist, wrote that the path to cultural change was to de-Christianize society. It meant overturning family, religion, media, and education which was the product of 2000 years of Judeo-Christian values. To do this, new meanings and definitions would be given to language.
The new narrative was that the white Christian was the ruling majority and oppressor, and every other group is a minority. This is the thesis of the 1619 Project promoted by the NY Times and which is now appearing in public schools. Even to secular historians, the 1619 account is flawed.
Even the National Museum of American History and Culture has bought into the oppressor/victim mantra with its release of a Web Portal, which among other things, discusses “how societies use race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement and oppression.”
This is from a museum that is part of the Smithsonian which is funded by U.S. taxpayers.
The attack on free speech has occurred regularly on college campuses around the U.S. Protests, sometimes violent, have kept conservative voices from being heard.
Just ask Bari Weiss, who resigned from the NY Times and sent a scathing resignation letter. She was subjected to a social media attack because she was a self-described “centrist liberal”, which was not woke enough. She didn’t submit to the “orthodoxy” of the mob.
She was twittered out of her job by people who called her a “Nazi” and racist. She’s Jewish, so the Nazi label is hard to believe. Truth doesn’t matter, and there is no grace extended in this cancel culture.
As one journalist noted, one wrong “like” will get you fired by the thought police. Saying “All Lives Matter” is just as bad. Sadly, there is no push back because of fear that the mob will descend on your doorstep. This is anarchy and dangerous.
According to the author of the book White Fragility, you are racist by just saying that you are not racist. There is no ground for discussion.
Now we are seeing attacks on Christianity – physical attacks occurred in four states last week. Just another form of cancel culture which is indiscriminate, and eventually will turn on itself and start cancelling their own.
The important point of this post is that the Cancel Culture is a direct attack on our culture, our religion, freedoms and history. The next generation has been fed this indoctrination in the school systems for decades. They are an easy target for the narrative. The challenge is to tell them the truth with a biblical perspective.
I believe that history repeats itself, and that the pendulum will swing back into sanity. We need to pray and be vocal in our opposition to those who would undermine our freedoms. I recognize that speaking out today risks being targeted, usually for the wrong reasons, but we cannot remain silent or passive.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer made that decision – he realized that, as a Christian, opposing the Nazis was required. It cost him his life. We need to be pro-active, too. Our culture is at stake if we sit by passively.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: Your next generation mentee may have a distorted sense of history due to their education. They need to know Biblical truth which is color blind. We should be judged by our character, not our skin color.
One Wrong “Like” will get you Fired by Cancel Culture Chicago Tribune
WORSHIP: I Am Free. Ross Parsley
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