Culture Warriors category archive
The Des Moines Register’s Rekha Basu comments on Congressman Steve King’s (R-Cloud Cuckoo Land) defense of rape and incest. A snippet:
Accused rapists have long defended themselves by claiming it didn’t happen, or the victim “asked for it,” maybe by dressing too provocatively. But never, to my knowledge, has a defense rested on a claim that rape itself isn’t such a bad thing.
Follow the link and read the rest.
Martin Longman tries to figure out why white, evangelical “Christians” are so enamored with Donald Trump. An excerpt:
It’s not perplexing to me that Christians have a multitude of beliefs that don’t all come together as a uniform and internally logical system. But I do notice what is negotiable and what is not. With evangelicals, not much is supposed to be negotiable, but it turns out that the truth is almost the complete opposite. You can be the worst, most disrespectful person towards the actual tenets of the faith so long as you insult and belittle the people who don’t share the faith.
Judge kicks the Little Smirk’s defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post to the curb because there was no there there.
Glen Geher explores the dark side of living in a screen-based world. A snippet:
Based on this experience, here is a tell-tale sign that a nasty comment is about to follow: When a comment is left by “Anonymous.” When I see that, I brace myself! Regularly, these comments are nasty and completely out of line. Often, they are equal parts incoherent rant and personal attack.
Intuitively, we can understand why. Someone who is posting anonymously to a blog probably will never meet the blogger in person. They probably have little investment in the blogger’s personal success. Further, unless the blogger is some kind of super computer hacker, the anonymous commenter is probably never going to “get caught.” So the possibility of retribution is unlikely.
Of course, evolved human conditions were not like this at all. However, the “anonymous blog comment” is, as we all know, just the tip of the iceberg. These days, people are regularly, across a broad array of platforms, communicating with others in anonymous, deindividuated* ways. This is a highly mismatched, unnatural way for humans to communicate with one another, and for a variety of reasons, it brings out the worst in us.
*From Britannica.com (more at the link): “Deindividuation, phenomenon in which people engage in seemingly impulsive, deviant, and sometimes violent acts in situations in which they believe they cannot be personally identified (e.g., in groups and crowds and on the Internet).”
Honest to Betsy (Pete’s on break), you can’t make this stuff up.
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Farron comments on the flap about Nike’s “Betsy Ross” flag shoes. (Yes, I know he said “Betty” instead of “Betsy.”)
One of my pet peeves is persons who violate the U. S. Flag Code, particularly persons who wear U. S. flag-like clothing. You do not honor the flag by wrapping your greasy hair in a red, white, and blue bandanna, for Pete’s sake.
Steven M., considering the threatened militia attacks in Oregon, espies a double-standard. A snippet:
Threats of violence from non-whites are regarded as scary and menacing by the media, liberal or non-liberal. But rural whites are seen as Real Men and Real Americans; when they threaten violence, they’re just getting back to their frontier roots.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
David discusses the lack of reaction to E. Jean Carroll’s description of having been assaulted by Donald Trump.
Dick Polman is also troubled.
At AL.com, John Archibald notes that Roy Moore is again going to run for the Republican Senatorial nomination. As he reviews the field opposing Moore, Archibald reaches a distressing conclusion:
I thought Roy Moore would have to see the light one day, that he would have his own come-to-Jesus moment and realize his brand of judgment and one-dimensional morality wouldn’t play in a twenty-first century world.
Boy, was I wrong.
Because Roy Moore already won.
Follow the link for his reasoning.