NEW HAMPSHIRE TEEN FORCED TO COVER UP TRUMP SHIRT, REMOVE MAGA HAT ON SCHOOL’S ‘PATRIOTIC DAY’. So reads yet another headline about suppression of freedom. Yeah, it might seem like a minor thing, MAGA hat crime, but it’s a perfect example of the “frog in the pot” parable, the one that is used to illustrate how we can gradually get used to something that would be intolerable if we were subjected to it all at once. The actual story here is: Ciretta Mackenzie, a freshman at Epping High School, told Boston 25 she had to borrow a friend’s sweatshirt and took off the hat after being reprimanded for wearing the “MAGA” gear on Monday – which was “America Pride Day” at school. The school’s principal said the iconic red hat and T-shirt violated the school’s dress code policy, which according to Mackenzie, doesn’t say anything about political clothing. “If it said no political gear, I could understand why it was dress code, but it didn’t say that, so I feel like I’m obligated to have my own opinion and other people can have theirs,” she said. “We don’t have to agree, that’s fine.” No young lady, it isn’t fine to stand for freedom, for your right to express yourself, if you disagree with the stultifying orthodoxy of the Perfectionist Progressives!
Why should anyone apologize or be defensive for what they believe, short of advocating physical harm or slander or libel? Isn’t freedom of speech what they told us we were ultimately fighting for in Vietnam? That’s what they told me, before handing me a rifle and pointing me towards the enemy! First we tolerate Twitterings against hatcrime, then harpies screeching old men out of the Palo Alto Starbucks and making students take off their “offending” hats and covering their shirts, and then CNN and MSNBC and WaPo slandering a teenager who was wearing the hat and innocent of wrongdoing. The froggies are barely stirring in their pots as the temperature rises to almost intolerable levels. It looks just like the Nazi strategy against German Jews. How does it inevitably end when you tolerate suppression of freedom, and worse, are expected to apologize for what you believe?
Ask a victim of an intolerant politically correct “rights” commission. Until very recently, the ridiculous harassment of Jack Philips, cake artist extraordinaire, by the Colorado human rights as long as you’re not a Christian commission (CCRC) was one lawsuit after another. Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop was under fire again —the first time for refusing to design the words celebrating two men getting married (to each other)—because he said his Christian beliefs prevented him from creating a cake that celebrated a transgender transition. An attorney had targeted Phillips with that transgender cake. That same attorney later asked Phillips to also design a cake with satanic themes and images.The US Supreme Court had already ruled in the previous case that was brought against Phillips by CCRC that governments and state officials cannot show religious hostility in their decisions. Now there’s new evidence that’s what CCRC was doing with their second legal attack against him.
But the state’s demonstrated and ongoing hostility toward Jack because of his beliefs is undeniable”, said his attorney. One commissioner had already been exposed for calling Phillips a “hater” on Twitter. And former commissioner Diann Rice had called religious freedom “a despicable piece of rhetoric,” prompting the US Supreme Court to rule against the Colorado commission for its anti-religious bigotry. This is the second time the state has launched a failed effort to prosecute him. While it finally appears to be getting the message that its anti-religious hostility has no place in our country, the state’s decision to target Jack has cost him more than six-and-a-half years of his life, forcing him to spend that time tied up in legal proceedings.”
ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell added, “He shouldn’t be driven out of business just because some people disagree with his religious beliefs and his desire to live consistently with them. We look forward to the day when Jack doesn’t have to fear government punishment for his faith or harassment from people who oppose his beliefs.”
That’s what I mean. Being harassed, driven out of business or a restaurant, is only the beginning. What if, instead of defending yourself in court or in the anti social media, or apologizing, you say “no”, “no”, “no.” No, I will not leave my meal, no, I will not take my hat off, no, I will not cover my shirt, no, I will not spend one cent or one minute of my time defending myself in court. I am exercising my right to believe what I want. Go ahead, do your worst. Stand there screeching, I will post YOU on YouTube. Tell me to cover my shirt, I will post YOU stumbling over your lame excuse. Sue me, hand me a subpoena, I will NOT show up in court, you will have to send the police to drag me off to jail while I have friends taking videos, and I will send them to my accuser, they will post him or her explaining why they sent the police.
Are those who believe in freedom still the majority in this country? I guess we would find out, wouldn’t we. That meme above, the hideous creature committing hatcrime? That’s how the leftys and the PPs see conservatives. Why should we be apologizing? You think they will apologize for that hideous characterization? I can’t resist ending with a quote from Takimag, about apologizing. “When calls for apology come, can claims for compensation be far behind? Thereby is raised that greatest hope of humanity, namely the dream of living, or becoming rich, at someone else’s expense. I can’t say that this hope has never occurred to me, and I doubt that there are many people to whom it has never occurred; but it is rarely realized, this hope, and even more rarely does it do any good when it is realized.”