I’m guessing that I’m like a lot of you in that I read a lot of news articles online. Just like major news outlets pumped through television, it’s pretty clear that certain online news portals like to focus on “their thing”. So Fox News is conservative and wants to promote the Tea Party agenda. CNN wants to push a more liberal agenda while at the same time trying their best to disguise that and appear truly balanced. Yahoo News seems want to go down in history as the media site which single-handedly launched the gay marriage and LGBT-rights causes while wrapping it in “other stuff” to try and seem like that’s not the only thing that they care about.
Over time I’ve discovered that often, the most interesting aspect of news stories can be found in the comments. Some individuals will post a thought related to the article that is so clear and invoking that it turns the message of the article on its head and you just go, “Why did I think of that?” It’s so often the case that I’ve decided to start up a new series here on my personal blog entitled “Comments Worth Considering”.
Our first post in this series will center around a piece found on Yahoo News praising a local public school for supporting a transgender man who wants to become a non-man by sending out a voice broadcast to the school parents alerting them to the fact. You can read the piece here: School Tries to Support Transgender Man With Voice Broadcast
The comments were, of course, wide and varied – and often nasty. The one nugget of gold found in the mire though was put up by John Matthews who said:
If I’m born a white man and tell people I’m black because I always felt black and should be eligible for black scholarships I’d be considered crazy. If I’m born a man and tell people I’m a woman because I always felt like a woman and should be allowed to play womens’ lacrosse nobody blinks an eye? What’s the difference? Biology chooses your race, your gender, your species, etc. We don’t get to pick and choose.
I thought that this was really insightful. It points out clearly how society will just “decide” that a particular cause needs to be supported and another is completely irrational. As far as I can tell, there’s no real “reason” for this. Oh people will come up with reasons, but those reasons could have been brought up before and they would not have been accepted as valid by the public and in 50 years, if social sentiments change, the reasonings of today could be decried as without merit.
Let me put it another way to make it a bit more clear.
If you could jump in a time machine and zoom back 50+ years and sit down in the lunch room of a Ford plant, an engineering firm, or a fabric store and tell the workers who were munching down their bologna sandwiches that in the not-so-distant-future you’d have a hue and cry pushing for gay marriage and both passively and actively shunning and shamming those who would speak against it – you’d either be called a nutcase or laughed out of the room.
If you told these same group of workers that the news media would be positioning a school as heroic and forward-thinking for sending voice broadcast messages out to the families that a man wanted to mutilate himself in an effort to try and mimic the physical characteristics of a woman as closesly as possible and that they would not only believe that there would NOT be some type of backlash from the families, but that the families would be EXPECTED to fall-in-line and embrace such a situation as “normal” and “progressive” and something to be championed by all…again, you would receive a sharp and harsh negative reaction.
Time passes though and opinions change. That’s the weird part about it. Those same young workers in the lunchrooms of our thought experiment are now “older and wiser” and are some of the most vocal supporters of this new wave of change. They would adamantly deny that they would ever have been the ones who would have spoken out again homosexuals back-in-the-day and would most likely position themselves as the ones who would have been “neutral” on the subject at that time.
The fact that there is no rhyme or reason to the thinking of the public is what we’re focusing on here and is the theme of Mr. John Matthew’s comment. It has to make us wonder, if the public can do a 180 on this whole gay marriage / LGBT rights issue…
What Else Will They Flip Flop On?
Let’s just imagine that the current trend of embracing “alternative lifestyles” has the unintended consequences of destroying the family matrix of the nation and sending it down the gutter with people starving and chaos reigning in the streets. Blood and destruction is everywhere and in a time of crisis a charismatic leader arises. You know – a Hitler type. He points out that it’s the fault of the gays and the public’s failure 50 years prior by embracing them that has brought the nation to such a desperate place and that the “scourge must be purged” in order to restore peace and normalcy to the country.
Everybody signs up, including the most vocal gay-marriage supporters of the Millennial generation (now in their 60′s and 70′s), and there’s a new holocaust perpetrated against homosexuals.
Think it can’t happen? Well the people in the lunch room didn’t think that what you’re seeing today could happen either.