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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Equality and Special Priviledge

I guess I spoke hastily when I said this was going to be a light blogging day.

Thomas Sowell makes an excellent point in his new column, Spoiled brat politics

An editorial in a recent issue of the National Geographic's "Traveler" magazine complained that kayakers in Maine found "residential development" near national parks and urged its readers to use their "influence" to prevent such things.
"You are the stakeholders in our national parks," it said.
Really? What stake do kayakers and others of like mind have that is not also a stake held by people who build the vacation homes whose presence offends the kayak set? Homeowners are just as much citizens and taxpayers as kayakers are, and they are even entitled to equal treatment under the 14th Amendment.
The essence of bigotry is denying others the same rights you claim for yourself. Green bigots are a classic example.
The idea that government is supposed to make your desires override the desires of other citizens has spread from the green bigots to other groups who claim privileges in the name of rights

This applies to sooo many groups. The ones that grind my gears are people who claim that everyone should be "tolerant", yet go into attack mode when you say something they disagree with. Lately, this usually involves mentioning President Bush, with the result that the f-bomb gets dropped and and alot of rhetoric and frothing of the mouths.

Hey! be tolerant!

If the government wanted to do something for the disabled or the handicapped, it could have spent its own tax money to do so. Instead, it passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which created a right to sue private institutions, in order to force them to spend their money to solve the problems of individuals with special problems or special desires, whether serious or frivolous.

It was a lawyer's full-employment act, creating another legally recognized victim group, empowered to claim special privileges, at other people's expense, in the name of equal rights. Nor could such legislation make the usual claim that it was coming to the defense of the poor and the downtrodden. Golf courses are not the natural habitat of the poor and the downtrodden.

One of the plaintiffs in the golf-course lawsuit is a former managing partner in a large law firm. He says, "I just want the same opportunity as everyone else" to "get out and play 18 holes with my friends and colleagues."

Equal opportunity does not mean equal results, despite how many laws and policies proceed as if it does, or how much fashionable rhetoric equates the two.

I think Cynthia Simpson could learn something from a conversation with Thomas Sowell. She need to understand that yes, she is free to practice Wicca. However, she also must understand that Wicca is not the majority religion in Chesterfield County, nor can she have it both ways. In my personal opinion, this is not the kind of publicity that makes Wiccans and Pagans in general look good.

Then there is the hypocrisy of the ACLU. Here they sue many times over to have crosses removed from public areas, yet they fight for a non-Christian to parade her religion in a public forum. Now I think that neither group should be silenced, but I also think that Pagans must understand that non-Pagans do not have to make special considerations for us.

Take this blog for example, it is geared towards pagan conservatives, a very small group among both conservatives and Pagans alike. Now since we are techically in a minority category, should anyone in the majority be forced to conform to our needs? Should we demand that Pagan and conservative websites permanently reserve some of their bandwidth for us?

Thomas Sowell continues:

An example of that rhetoric was the title of a recent New York Times column: "A Ticket to Bias." That column recalled bitterly a time before the Americans with Disabilities Act, when a woman in a wheelchair bought a $300 ticket to a rock concert but was unable to see when other people around her stood up. This was equated with "bias" on the part of those who ran the arena.

Even now, decades after this incident, the woman in the wheelchair declares, "true equality remains a dream out of reach." Apparently only equality of results is "true" equality.

A recent publication of the American Historical Association shows this same confusion when it says that doors "are largely closed" to people who want to become historians if they didn't graduate from a top-tier college. In other words, unequal results proves bias that closed doors, according to this rhetoric.

Confusion between equal opportunity and equal results is a dangerous confusion behind many kinds of spoiled brat politics.
Now I know that this blog does not speak to a majority of Americans out there. I know that because I publicly proclaim that I am both Pagan and conservative, we won't get as many hits as other blogs, and already we've been compared to Nazis. Do we cry about it? No. The fact that we can have a website dedicated to Pagan conservatism is equal in itself.