Hey, check out my letter in today’s Wall Street Journal:
PC Busybodies Fear Christians, Not Terrorists
In regard to your Nov. 10 editorial “The Van Gogh Murder”:
Recently, at a yoga class at the local Y, the instructor was upset because a few of my classmates had gone to the director to complain about her. The complaint: At the end of each class she dabs a little nice-smelling oil on our heads, after which we say “Ohm” three times. This offended a few of the pursed-lips crowd who consider such things a “promotion of religion.” As the late Jack Parr used to say, “I kid you not.”
George Orwell, when he was asked where he got his inspiration for “1984,” replied that his model was the left-wing British Labor Party intellectuals he worked with at the BBC during World War II. The society depicted in the book, Orwell said, would be the kind of society these individuals would create if they ever got power. Their mentality lives on in today’s busybodies who claim to be threatened by a little spirituality symbolized by the oil and ohms, and who have, to give another example, conditioned us not to utter “Merry Christmas.” The generic “Happy Holiday” is still OK, I think.
They are the same people who are now predicting a new Orwellian/Christian America while simultaneously dismissing the murder of a Dutch film maker by Islamic radicals as the failure of the ever tolerant Dutch to accommodate themselves to the new multiculturalism. We should fear Christianity, but be tolerant of Islam, certainly the least tolerant religion there is.
Meanwhile, liberals continue to blame their electoral defeat on the stupidity of the voters. An ABC newswoman speaking on CSPAN took this line. She said she’s been visiting schools around the nation and found that the students don’t know anything. Well, they do know something — they know about Rush Limbaugh, she dubiously claims. I find it hard to believe kids are listening to Rush rant about the liberal media on those ubiquitous headsets. (I thought it was all about gangstas and hos.)
Still the newswoman worries that “Generation Y” doesn’t know the New York Times, ABC News and National Public Radio, which in her mind provide the real news untainted by, say, liberal orthodoxy (as opposed to Mr. Limbaugh’s admittedly conservative orthodoxy). In her world, you cannot be an informed citizen without listening to NPR. If the youth vote had been listening to NPR rather than Rush and Rap, they’d have elected John Kerry, I suppose.
Back at the yoga class, we right wingers stood up for the oil (and religion) and, like the majority of voters on Nov. 2, helped to vanquish the Enlightenment and thus usher in a new Dark Age.