Is this movement beneficial or harmful to society?
Does it go against the principles of free speech?
Is it overly protective of select minority groups?
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Minority fundamentalism! What a wonderful term. I only wish I came up with it. It perfectly captures a very distinct and problematic collective.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard spoke about minority fundamentalism in 1996. Perhaps he coined the term. “There is a sense in which people are so frightened of being discriminatory or intolerant that they don’t speak the common sense view in the community”
Peter Kurti (Author of The Democratic Deficit ) believes that minority fundamentalism has the exact same features as religious fundamentalism. It possesses ideological fanaticism, intolerance of dissent and a manichean certainty about truth and falsehood.
The goal of minority fundamentalists is to liberate the oppressed. This sounds great in theory. Most of us would agree to defending the marginalized, excluded, and vulnerable. They seek to protect individuals and groups relating to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion.
The problem with minority fundamentalists is their process in practice:
- Minority fundamentalists expect their views to be heard, accepted and tolerated. Yet they don’t grant the opposition the same courtesy. Their rigid agendas and scope won’t allow it. They contradict the liberal principles that they claim to uphold.
- They have adopted traits of the traditional far right in order to push their agendas. Intimidation, censorship, humiliation, and occasionally violence. Worst of all they do a lot of shouting and screaming to drown people out.
- A common tactic of minority fundamentalism is to label any disagreeable opinion or critical thought as hate speech. This is an easy and emotive way to dismiss challenge and critical thought.
- Anti discrimination laws are often invoked to shut down critical thought. Critical thought is often deemed as ‘hate speech”. Legislating against speech that incites violence or is vile and abusive is necessary. Legislating against speech in order to avoid hurting a person’s feelings is infantile nonsense.
- Minority fundamentalism is swept up in the gender and identity political climate. The aim of identity politics is to battle tyranny but it has ironically fostered its growth.
- Minority fundamentalists view individuals and groups that they choose to protect as eternal victims. They refuse to explore the multi dimensional aspects. They perpetuate paradigms of victimhood because it suits their agenda.
Islam is their favorite religion to protect at the moment. Critical thought aimed at doctrines, Sharia law, and cultural practices is often met with screaming and accusations of bigotry, ‘ Islamophobia’ and racism. They have conveniently redefined racism to include ONE religion only.
Their narrow scope won’t allow them to see that the groups that they protect are capable of inflicting their own brand of abuse and persecution.
Christians are a minority in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, and Africa. Muslim majority nation abuse and persecute Christians on a daily basis. They conveniently are not aware of that or choose to ignore it. This all helps to promote consummate victimhood.
Donald Trump’s comments on the Days of our Lives set have provided a banquet for minority fundamentalists to perpetuate victimhood of women. Trump said “When you are famous they let you do anything, you can grab them by the pussy…anything”.
Why is it so hard to believe that there are women who would happily consent to sex with Trump due to their profession, lust for wealth and power, or arousal at being with such a rich and powerful man?
When a minority fundamentalists declares Trump’s words to be sexual assault they dis-empower the group that they claim to be protecting. It’s immobilizes women’s sexual choices. It assumes that women are helpless victims of men’s lust with no control. How sexist and demeaning.
I’ve had many scraps with minority fundamentalists on social media. One particular Facebook example stood out. A 30 something gay male minority fundamentalist full of emotion but lacking in intelligence, logic, and realism.
He had posted a video of a man apparently attacking a woman for her religion. It was supposed to be a candid camera situation but it seemed staged.
So I made a point of stating that I thought it was a fake and I gave reasons. This caused chaos. He is a Facebook fascist and a petulant child. He wants to people to agree with him. He screamed at me, abused me, and called me a racist and a bigot.
I calmly retaliated with what I thought were faults and errors in his argument and his behavior. I also called him a minority fundamentalist. He screeched at me one more time and posted a dreadful cliché ridden meme that you would expect to come a pubescent girl. Then he blocked me.
I can have a laugh about how ridiculous this all was but it was an example of liberal principles failing. It was not the sound of freedom. It was the sound of fascism. A new wave fascist. A prisoner in disguise. A minority fundamentalist.