By Jonathon Van Maren
Sniveling students have been holding people hostage across the United States and frequently Canada, and in large part they have been successful because they have been permitted to carry on with their weird antics. These protest groups are like tiny Occupy Wall Street cells, with the same dreary, predictable, and impossible demands, and probably the same people, too. So it was quite cathartic to see a university administration deal with the progressive rabble in an effective way for a change:
The protesters demands included the usual (and hilarious) potpourri of campus nonsense. Divest from this, invest in that, and stop all the oppression. This time, however, the administration was in no mood to negotiate.
Ohio State Vice President Jay Kasey paid the protesters a visit shortly after the occupation began, with a message from the president. “Dr. Drake will never receive a list of demands and he will not negotiate with you,” Kasey calmly informed the group before moving on to the next part of his conversation, which included the university’s own list of demands.
This is where it gets good: “If you refuse to leave, then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation,” Kasey said. “If you are here at 5:00 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested.”
He added, “We will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs.” “What do you mean by ‘clear the building?’” one of the stunned students asked. Kasey didn’t mince words: “Our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon,” he answered. “The people who work in this building should be protected also.”
He then explained to the incredulous protesters that they’d “scared” several of the employees and that university employees had the right to work without disruption and intimidation. The protesters objected (but one asked for the names of specific, complaining workers) to no avail: Kasey had little patience for it. “We told you, and all we can do is be honest with you. If you’re still here at 5:00, our current philosophy is, we are going to take you out — escort you out of the building and arrest you. You will be discharged from school also,” he noted.
Confused, one of the students asked, “discharged as in…?”
“Expelled,” Kasey answered flatly.
To be clear, students have the First Amendment right to make all the idiotic demands they want to make, and they have a right to do so loudly and continuously in the campus’s public spaces. They do not, however, have the right to occupy public buildings and disrupt the work of the school. Disruption and occupation are acts of civil disobedience, and courageous protesters are willing to accept the consequences of their illegal behavior. These protesters were not courageous. They vacated the premises by 12:30 a.m.
In China, where a majority of people oppose gay marriage, a court has addressed the issue for the first time. From The Atlantic:
A judge in China ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples cannot marry—the first time a Chinese court has addressed gay marriage. Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang were denied a petition to marry last June by the civil affairs bureau in Changsha, Hunan Province. They filed a suit against the authorities, but the judge in the district court rejected their appeal on Wednesday.
Not a single Asian country allows gay marriage at the moment. It’s a bit depressing to consider that a Communist country might have a more accurate view of what marriage is than Western countries, but such are the days we live in. As the old Chinese curse/blessing goes, “May you live in interesting times.”
What is interesting is the deafening silence from all the corporations that huffed and ranted with outrage over North Carolina’s religious freedom laws. Many of them pulled their businesses out of the state. Does anyone think that they’re going to do the same for China?
“Principles” are only a convenient thing to keep around when they are effective in the service of financial gain.
In all the yelling and screaming from the left over North Carolina’s religious liberty laws, do you know what never got mentioned? The fact that the man leading the charge on the so-called “non-discrimination ordinances” was a sex offender:
The former president of Charlotte’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce has resigned after he came under fire from a conservative group, which noted that he is on a sex offender list and questioned his role in supporting the city’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance.
Chad Sevearance-Turner had been the president of the chamber, which supported the newly expanded ordinance that gives legal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.
Now why didn’t you hear that before now?
As our society moves out further into the rainbow quicksand, we are rapidly reaching the point where many Christian beliefs may constitute hate crimes. From The Christian Post:
Last year, the Rev. Barry Trayhorn, an ordained Pentecostal minister, was forced to quit his job after prison authorities warned him that the Bible verses he was quoting from and telling prisoners were “homophobic.”
Trayhorn had read parts of 1 Corinthians 6 when speaking to prisoners, which states: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
The minister had tried to explain that he was only quoting traditional teachings, and pointed out that prisoners where free to leave the service if they were offended.
Still, prison officials said he was breaching equality laws by reciting such verses, and warned him to stop.
This isn’t a stand-alone story. A student was recently expelled for posting a Bible text about homosexuality on Facebook. And ask yourself this question: In what context would you be comfortable articulating the Christian view of sexuality?
The Sexual Left is rapidly descending into a caricature of themselves. This week, dozens of media stories breathlessly reported the story of a mother and son in a sexual relationship. Most of these stories were sympathetic. From Mic.com:
Rather than viewing their relationship as incestuous, the duo insists that they are merely leaning into their Genetic Sexual Attraction.
“This is not incest, it is GSA,” West said, according to the New Day. “We are like peas in a pod and meant to be together.”
While the New Day story should be taken with a grain of salt, GSA is a legit phenomenon. In a nutshell, GSA is what occurs when biological family members who never knew each other in childhood meet for the first time as adults and experience an intense sexual attraction to each other.
The son actually divorced his wife so as to be with his mother. Sexual “freedom” is even freer these days. But after all, who are we to judge?
Which leads us to this headline in The Independent: Paedophilia a ‘sexual orientation – like being straight or gay’.:
Paedophilia is a “sexual orientation” like being straight or gay, according to a criminal psychologist.
The idea that sexual attraction to children is an “orientation” is highly controversial as it suggests that offenders cannot change.
But, writing on the Reddit networking website, the psychologist said it was possible to treat child sex abusers on “the understanding that the attraction may always remain”.
The psychologist set up the “ask me anything” thread on Reddit. Their identity was not revealed but was verified by the website.
Asked “can paedophiles actually change?”, the expert wrote: “I believe Paedophilic Disorder is a sexual orientation with individual that are attracted to child features. In other words, an individual with paedophilia has the same ingrained attraction that a heterosexual female may feel towards a male, or a homosexual feels towards their same gender.
“With that being said, it needs to be said that sexuality is more of a spectrum than a finite category. We know that heterosexuals may engage in homosexual behaviour, and deny they are bisexual or homosexual.
At this point, thankfully, most academics still think pedophilia a disorder to be treated. But there are those already pushing back against this, claiming that what their attractions should be called is “inter-generational intimacy.”
So it begins.