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Illiberal Liberals

Illiberal Liberals

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Published by Ian Thorpe
Liberalism is an old and very respectable political philosophy but more and more those who subscribe to the principles of lineralism, individual freedom and personal responsibility, freedom of religion, thought, speech and movement, are referring to themselves a libertarians. The word liberal has been hijacked by a particularly nasty faction of the political left, some commentators refer to them as The Politically Correct Thought Police in a reference to George Orwell's novel 1984. So how is liberal tolerance and respect being turned into authoritarian curtailment of individual rights and freedoms/
Liberalism is an old and very respectable political philosophy but more and more those who subscribe to the principles of lineralism, individual freedom and personal responsibility, freedom of religion, thought, speech and movement, are referring to themselves a libertarians. The word liberal has been hijacked by a particularly nasty faction of the political left, some commentators refer to them as The Politically Correct Thought Police in a reference to George Orwell's novel 1984. So how is liberal tolerance and respect being turned into authoritarian curtailment of individual rights and freedoms/

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Dare We Break The Illiberal Code Of The Liberal Left?Ian R Thorpe28 February, 2013 A case being heard in the High Court in London today will decide if <ahref ="http://www.christianconcern.com/media/interview-with-mike-davidson">a Christian group that claims to help gays "overcome" their sexual inclination</a>hasthe right to advertise its services. Now in principle I would take the position that people's sexuality is their own business and religious groups ought to keep their nosesout. In understanding I am not the arbiter of morality however I would also take theview that Christian groups have as much right as anyone to campaign for what they believe to be the greatest good of the greatest number. Not so long ago Stonewall, the gay rights group, was allowed to runadvertisements bearing the slogan: “Some people are gay. Get over it.” on London buses. But when Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group, decided to counter with a poster that read “Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!” Mayor BorisJohnson, under pressure from 'human rights' activists vetoed their campaign.The contradiction here is obvious. While those on the left are quick to scream
 Life in a prison state - evocative image by Russian street artist Banksyski
 
about equal rights for minorities, like the pigs in George Orwell's Animal Farm theywant some of the animals, i.e. those whose causes are politically correct, to be moreequal than others. Human Rights is a fine sounding cause but we must tread carefullywhen we get into the labyrinth of conflicting rights that protecting one group does notinfringe the equal right of another. If it is OK for gay activist groups to promote gayinterests then it has to be OK for those who think homosexual relationships areimmoral and homosexuals need help to overcome their affliction to advertise their view.It does not matter what individuals 'feel' about the issue. Equality meanseverybody is treated in the same way. It is understandable that some gay people wantto promote a positive image of their sexual preference and lifestyle but it is alsounderstandable that some Christian groups want to promote their beliefs. You and Iare entitled to our opinion but not to force our moral choices on others.If the High Court ruling in this case goes against CIT, and given the recentrecords of the courts for showing left wing bias on human rights issues it seems likelyto, the judgement will be a setback for free speech and equal rights as well asreligious freedom. As<ahref ="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9895052/Free-speech-means-we-should-all-have-a-say.html">Philip Johnston wrote on the topic</a>, "Just as gays are entitled to extol their own sexual identity, so people who take another view, onwhatever grounds, should be allowed to state their opinion, shouldn’t they?"The problem we face is that people of acertain political inclination think it is perfectly acceptable to gag voices notsupportive of their view because, in reality,"they just don’t like gays, blacks andMuslims and are hiding their racism /homophobia / sectarianism behind aspurious religiosity. The left have never  been slow to usurp to themselves the right
 Bigotry on parade - and they don't seethe irony.
 
to think for others. In some cases it may be true that a religious stance is a front for  plain and simple prejudice, but it is not the issue here: this is about free speech.”The self righteousness and assumed moral superiority of the left, socialists, hasearned them a bad reputation. As<ahref ="http://www.greenteethmm.com/schumpeters-warning.shtml">Schumpeter's Warning</a>advises us, Socialism always leads to fascism," and so our left leaningfriends have hijacked the word "Liberal," although their aggressive, intolerant attitudealong with a love of big government, regulation of everything including our thoughtsand determination to shout down anybody who opposes them, their pejorativedismissals of anybody wanting to advance ideas that challenge the dogma of  politically correct thinking and their absolute belief that theirs is the only 'correct'approach to the multi -faceted problems of modern society reveal them as the mostintolerant political grouping since the heyday of fascism.This return to intolerance should worry is all, it is worrying some academicssufficiently for <ahref ="http://www.rawls.org/Leftists_on_conservatism.htm">research projects</a>to  be set up into the illiberal mindset of people who are fanatically jealous of their statusas liberals. So fanatical in their denunciations of opponents are the illiberal liberals,that throughout the developed world independent minded people, and not just thoseof faith, have become reluctant to express certain views publicly speaking for fear of making themselves the target of a<a href ="http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=yp_l5ntikaU">witch hunt</a>by fanatical 'liberals'. OK, I linked to a scene from Monty Python and The Holy Grail just for mischief, but most people reading this will be aware of the treatment handed out to anyoneexpressing scepticism about the very dodgy scientific evidence used to prop up theglobal warming scare, those who question the safety of certain vaccines or peoplewho dare to criticise the new messiah Barack Hussein Obama (well the only reasonanyone would criticize his economic, social, foreign or justice policies is becausethey don't like his colour, right?)We all watch our words and our backs these days, diluting controversial opinions

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