We Cannot Have Dissent!

Sherry Antonetti - Dissent


In reading the various news bits over the past few weeks, I noticed a trend — an assertion born of certitude and used to justify injustice, cloaked in the trappings of open mindedness. It is as Pope Benedict the XVIth warned, the tyranny of Relativism on display.

In Florida, a teacher at a university had students write down the name of Jesus and directed them to stomp on it. The school disciplined the one student (a Mormon) who refused but later retracted and apologized for the lesson in general. Applying relativism, the teacher (even if I think he is a knucklehead), may teach as he likes — and it is the critical thinking student who must discern, \”This is a crapola sandwich, I\’m not eating it.\” The University should have applauded both for getting right answers and asserting their independent understandings of the world. The entire story illustrates the problem with relativism. At some point, someone gets to assert a truth while proclaiming there is no Truth, and those who hear it, if they\’re students or employees or tax payers or people do not have the power or influence to shout louder, get to just deal with the consequences of trying to live out the newly minted untenable reality.

It is the madness demanding all views be tolerated. It isn\’t intellectually honest but it sounds great. If all views have weight and there is no truth, than there can be no bigotry, because there is no truth. If there is no truth, then the distressed or offended have no greater weight than the offender, as both perceptions/feelings — the one of hate and the one of love, the one of not minding, and the one of thinking something is utterly stupid and evil, have equal standing. Laws become pure elements of force pushed and pulled by public opinion, ergo we have emotional mob rule in our public discourse.

Example #1: A comedian tweets \”God bless Pope Francis.\” The Twitterverse goes into a tizzy. He is immediately flogged by the atheists watchdogs who can\’t have a member of the entertainment industry say anything about the Catholic Church that is complimentary, or use the name God without one of the seven words you can\’t say afterwards. It grew to such a fervorous pitch that he deleted his tweets. Lesson learned. Shout loud enough and long enough, and those who think differently, will shut up and wash their hands of the whole thing. We are a society turning into a mob that clamors for blood (emotionally) whenever we sense it is possible.

Example #2: A public school teacher protests Planned Parenthood, and is being dismissed for speaking out in school. If we really are an open minded society, then informed opinions of all types ought to be allowed to exist even in the public square, even in the public schools. Theoretically, the pro-choice and pro-life position ought be presented side by side, like two differently colored chess pieces, or apples and oranges. The children ought to determine which one they will pick in an open-minded tolerant all things are equal society. However, that is not the reality. The reality of whether abortion is a good law, let alone a good action, cannot be discussed. Cue the silence on the Gosnell trial for killing live children via severing their spines by the mainstream media. As if to underscore that reality, the UN is redefining torture so that abortion will be named a \”Human Right.\” Thus all nations who restrict abortion in any way for any reason at any time, are engaged in torture by cruelly not allowing women to destroy their infants and others to profit from the willful killing of unborn children.

Example #3: The same blunt bullying approach is being used to push same sex marriage. In Maryland, a Gallaudet adminstrator was placed \”on leave\” for signing a petition in support of marriage. The names of all who signed that petition were outed by an activist newspaper to help peer pressure people into silent acceptance or punish those who disagreed with public disapproval. The title of hater is slung on any person who speaks out against gay marriage like a scarlet H and all who name the offender as a hater can count themselves as unhaters. Pass out the stones for the unhaters. Feel free to throw as many as you like. Remember, Jesus said judge not. She judged. Fire away!

We cannot have dissent, it interferes with our ability to be tolerant.

We are being manipulated by noise and by silence so that any moral voice that is not modern thinking is eliminated. Mandatory acceptance is being forced when an issue is declared neutral and forbidden to be argued against. The Christian/Catholic/moral voice is being eliminated from the public square in favor of an open-minded, tolerant, neutral-on-everything policy. The slippery slope argument in all things should be dismissed as always fallacious. Let\’s all jump on a moral chute that constantly redefines the new modern normal as we go. At some point, we will have to be like the Mormon student who walked out of the classroom lest we join the crowd that yelled, \”Crucify him!\” Or we will have to hope that once the cock crows three times, we recognize ourselves and weep.

© 2013. Sherry Antonetti. All Rights Reserved.

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7 thoughts on “We Cannot Have Dissent!”

  1. John,

    Thank you for your thoughtful words. I agree, we must as you said, speak on behalf of the wheat. When I said “We cannot have dissent, it interferes with our ability to be tolerant,” it was a tongue in cheek way to illustrate that the dictatorship of relativism cannot allow for anyone to claim an understanding that is more than anyone else’s. Ergo, those who assert values must be disabused of the notion that those values should be valued.

    I was seeking to illustrate the innate absurdity of the relativism argument. It begins with the assertion of the only truth, “There is no truth.” with everything that follows being, if you assert any truth but there is no truth, your truth is wrong. This is what has led to the craziness that is our current societal norm, to call evil good and good evil and not be able to see one for the other.

  2. You write, among other things: “We cannot have dissent, it interferes with our ability to be tolerant.”

    I respond:

    Respectfully, I dissent from your “cannot.” It is not a matter that we cannot have dissent. Nor a matter of we must not have it. Nor that we should not have it. Nor that we do not want it. It is a fact that we do have dissent.

    Yet we must learn tolerance in the face of it. Pope Benedict XVI addressed this in his wonderful book “Truth and Tolerance” [ http://pinterest.com/pin/137500594843988446/ }

    Consider the parable Jesus spoke:

    “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat. Matthew 13: 24-30.

    [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Tares ]

    In the face of the weeds we find growing in our garden, we can, we must, we should and we want to speak on behalf of our wheat.

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    The Ship of Peter is torn apart
    Martyred in its Holy Teaching
    It sinks and sinks, no work of art
    The bottom though never reaching

    Dissidents are screaming loud
    Leaving behind an awful niff
    Pretending to be proudly stout
    Gearing the Ship into a cliff

    Jesus shows His wounded Heart
    Smitten with a deadly dart
    Peter the Rock in desolation
    Deploring severe desecration

    Wake up, you Christian Brother
    Show now your truthful face
    With Mary our Heavenly Mother
    We’ll reach that Peaceful Place

    In allegiance to the Holy Father (and by Holy Father I meant Benedict XVI)
    United in prayer and fasting
    No victory will claim, but rather
    Satan’s defeat be everlasting.

    Rita Biesemans, 01-02-2011

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