If there’s one virtue that is esteemed in our culture above all else, it’s tolerance.
And if there is one sin that is disdained above all else, it’s intolerance.
Intolerance gets many labels: hatred (never just hate, hatred), bigotry, or a different word for every group you apparently are intolerant of.
I think we can all agree that there is something wrong with our modern culture. And I have finally figured out what it is.
No matter what we say, what we preach, how we boast, we are not a tolerant people. In fact, I would say modern America is experiencing one of its most intolerant times in our history. Intolerance is running positively rampant.
And the source of all this intolerance? It might be a little bit surprising.
Onward Christian Cheerleaders
There’s a story unfolding in Texas right now. A school’s cheerleading squad is responsible for the paper banners that the football players tear through at the beginning of the games. The girls decided it would be a great idea to paint some Bible verses on the banners. No teacher told them to do it. The school didn’t endorse it. The girls just did it.
And now the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” (yes, it’s a real thing) is suing the school district. The cheer squad (and the school) is countersuing, because the FFRF is trying to limit the girls’ freedom of speech and religion.
That’s America today. This is the cause of our intolerance: we are too sensitive.
For years, we have been brainwashed that we need to be more sensitive about every little thing. First, it birthed political correctness. Then PC grew into a mutant. Now, we are constantly fighting one another, in and out of court, because we are so sensitive to what everyone is doing.
You’ve Gotta Fight For Your Right…to Silence Everyone Else
Some people think there will be riots in the streets after the election.
I don’t know if that will happen. But the fact that a good chunk of people believe it’s a possibility illustrates just how low our sensitivity has taken us. America has passed the baton for 200 years and, save a civil war, has done so peacefully.
But today, I see people constantly refer to liberals / conservatives / Christians / atheists / whatever as having a “mental disease.” Apparently, America’s mentally ill population (as diagnosed by all the armchair psychologists) is nearing 100%. People use incredibly hateful words for people who they do not know, nor understand. We’re gearing up for Christmas soon, which is quickly becoming one of this country’s most divisive holidays. If the election doesn’t kill us, maybe baby Jesus’ birthday will.
I think the cheerleaders should win the court case, but I also know Christians well enough to know that if the banner featured verses from the Koran, they would not be so supportive.
And I also know non-Christians well enough to believe that as soon as the cheerleaders win, there will be a bunch of over-sensitive people suddenly showing up at games with their own banners, pouting and whining that since you’re religion gets a banner, my religion should get a banner too!
He Hurt Me!
Modern Americans live in an extraordinary time and place. Never before have opportunities been so available (not counting the down economy.)
But today, most Americans act like everything that everyone else says, does or thinks actually hurts them. We don’t believe that our rights end where the next person’s begins. We believe we have the duty to call where the next person’s rights end.
So we lash out at everyone else and say they have a mental disease (which is itself, intolerant of people with mental diseases, not that I’m being overly sensitive about it.) People threaten to riot if they do not get their way. We watch cable news and listen to talk radio, not because we want our thinking challenged, but because we are sitting in the choir and we want to be validated in what we already believe. We want to be pandered to and have someone affirm that we are victims of everyone else, while they wipe the snot from our runny noses. We all want to be in the majority, and have everyone else silenced, because we have been trained to be an ego-maniacal, intolerant culture of crybaby wussies.
You do not have the right to not be offended in America. That’s what makes it America.
People who are not like you are not mentally ill.
No one is hurting you. Christians aren’t hurting you. Gays aren’t hurting you. No one is hurting you.
Sensitivity is not always a good thing. Make a resolution to stop letting everything bother you. You’ll be happier.
What’cha think? Could America use a good healthy dose of insensitivity?