A Thought Occurs: The CoExist/Tolerance/Diversity Movement is officially dead. Now we can finally be honest with each other.
It has begun!
The latest victim of the Taliban of Tolerance (#AlliterationGenius) is Brendan Eich. He is guilty of donating money to Proposition 8 and for he holding the Banned Belief of traditional marriage.
According to Mozilla’s Blog, the company stated that “Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all. “
If nothing else comes from the conflict between *Marriage 2.0’s and Marriage 3.0’s, at least we can honestly say that the Coexist Bumper Sticker Movement is over and done with and I can now go about removing Coexist bumper stickers from Volvo’s and Subarus.
The current political and social conflict in the United States of ‘Murica revolves around the notion of Liberty and the opposing sides are between the 2.0’s and 3.0’s. The current battlefront is converging on Religious Liberty. Straight Wedding Cakes versus Gay Wedding Cakes; Church endorsement of same sex marriage; Straights Only Chick-Fila Restaurants; Traditional Marriage Supporting CEO’s versus Equality CEO’s; the battle is ferocious and if Equality defeats Liberty, then there is more at stake than you could possibly imagine.
It excites me to no end to finally stumble across an issue in which the Coexist philosophy cannot conquer. One might say that Coexistence is this generation’s literacy test.
A story came across my eyeballs one day about a gay couple in the United Kingdom suing to have a church officiate their marriage. The church in question does not endorse gay marriage. I am going out on a limb to assume that the couple is suing because the architecture of this particular church is pivotal to the future happiness of the couple and would simply look divine in their wedding photo album. Otherwise, why would anyone want to force an organization to endorse one’s notion of happiness?
I am not from around here, but the very notion of forcing a church to bless one’s union seems to be a direct contradiction to the Coexist Movement’s philosophy. Were we not preached at to coexist with others that are different from us?
It was my understanding that one of the tenants of the Coexist Movement (see also Tolerance Movement) was to acknowledge and accept our irreconcilable differences in the arena of our opinions, philosophies, religions, ideologies and live in peace. We can invite each other to our clam bakes but we have our respective boundaries. Think multiple houses in a suburb with 4 foot high picket fences.
Though I think that this has been the primary intention of the Coexist Movement all along, the movement itself is in danger of morphing into the Acceptance Movement/Equality Movement where if you don’t accept someone for whatever reason, then there is something wrong you and you must be amputated from society.
Now translate this philosophy into the language of the Acceptance/Equality Movement, “This church must marry us… Baker, you will bake my cake… My open source internet co-founders’ convictions can never deviate from my own.” Or, take a the this article that we must PURGE bigots. Does this sound voice of Liberty or the voice of Totalitarianism? Our ‘Murican culture is in a dangerous predicament when we champion Equality before Liberty.
Milton Friedman once said that a nation that puts equality before freedom (Or liberty) will get neither Equality nor Liberty. A society that puts Freedom before Equality will get a high degree of both. While this statement was made in the context of economic freedom, it rings true in all aspects of life because is operates from the notion that this world is a cruel and fallen disaster area and the only way we can minimize its ill effects is to be as individually free as possible. By living free (Or Die Hard Trying!) we will bring about the closest incarnation of equality we can possibly get in this life.
I was under the assumption that Religious Liberty, Non-Religious Liberty, Marriage Liberty and Economic Liberty were to be the essence of the Coexistence Movement. Therefore, people who are for Marriage 2.0 based on Religious or other convictions must be equally respected as those who believe in Marriage 3.0. These philosophies are not compatible but they can live next to one another.
Going back the discontented couple in the United Kingdom, either the notion of Liberty before Equality is a foreign concept to them or they simply do not believe in Liberty. What they want is for this church to accept them for who they are and will use coercion if necessary. Coercion is the primary weapon of the Equality First movement because the self-appointed arbiters must keep the population at large in line with the current ever-shifting definition of equality.
Take what gay activist Andrew Sullivan said about Brendan Eich’s departure from Mozilla. For those of you who don’t know, Andrew Sullivan was a proponent for gay marriage before it was popular and safe.
Conversely, someone who is heavily entrenched the now dead Religious Right movement who tries to use the apparatus of the Federal Government to adopt a law recognizing traditional marriage only is not pursuing Liberty but coercive conformity. They are essentially strong arming the government to define an institution that government didn’t invent in the first place.
But I am confounded as to why a gay couple would want a bakery that doesn’t agree their beliefs to make their wedding cake. Are the cakes at that particular bakery THAT good?! Or, if you really want the damn cake, just adopt ‘Merica’s point of view of marriage; just lie and say you’re straight! Aren’t the most successful marriages built on lies anyway?
Or why would anyone be opposed to the CEO of Mozilla believing in Marriage 2.0? Have Brendan Eich’s personal religious convictions gotten in anyone’s way from using FireFox to post red Equality profile pictures on their Facebook profiles?
I have my suspicion that many who use coercion to enforce equality are trying to eradicate any opposition to their way of life. What an exhaustive existence! I simply don’t have the energy to start up a crusade against the establishments and ideologies that don’t accept my points of view. But that’s, in part, because I am severely overweight and can’t tear myself away from my personal Netflix-Breaking Bad marathon.
If the Coexist/Equality Movement is going to devolve into a grievance industry in which someone must pay for their non-acceptance and intolerance, then I am going to air some things that really Grind My Gears. It is now day 1,562 since Curves rejected my application for membership. It is now Day 4,380 since my personal physician denied my right to my inaugural pelvic exam.
Liberty, in the end, is all we have as ‘Muricans. Adopting this philosophy means accepting the limitations that come with life but reaching as far as we can to our own notion of equality. Adopting the philosophy of Equality First is to inherit the Philosophy of Force. Mozilla’s statement that, “Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.” is absolutely backwards! If you are waiting for equality on this Earth, you will die enslaved to a lie. There is no such thing as Equality before Liberty. Liberty, not Equality, is necessary for meaningful speech. And who decides what “meaningful” speech is anyway?
The opposite ends of the marriage spectrum will tear each other apart if they decide not to pursue Liberty first. Liberty means Marriage 2.0 has its own notion of equality and Marriage 3.0 has its own notion of equality. This means that bakers can bake for whomever they want and they should not be threatened with retaliation other than from the natural forces of the market place. Don’t strong arm people into boycotting a business, let it naturally happen. This is ‘Murica people. It’s painfully obvious that we are not lacking in bakeries. And if a random CEO supported traditional marriage via Proposition 8, let them be. It didn’t impede one’s lifestyle then, it will not get in the way now.
Like the comedian Jim Norton said, “You know the guy from Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay marriage. WHO GIVES A *!@# WHAT HE THINKS! MAKE ME A SANDWICH STUPID!!! Is it going to affect how he makes me chicken sandwiches? No? Then I don’t care!”
Pursuing Liberty first will bring about the closest incarnation of Equality as possible. The self-appointed/self-enlightened class of social commentators might say that this sentiment of Liberty harkens back to the days of Separate But Equal (10 points to the person who names which political party came up with that idea) but I say that Liberty Before Equality is what real Coexistence looks like.
The silver lining in all this is that the Coexist Movement has been exposed for the B.S movement it has always been.
My extensive ten minute Google Research adventure on the origins of those “Coexist” bumper stickers has yielded the following results.
– The Coexist Foundation
– Jerry Jaspar
* (Marriage 2.0 = Traditional Marriage Vs. Marriage 3.0 = Marriage Equality)