Friday, July 10, 2015

The whole lie and nothing but the lie

When the rubber hits the road, some liberals who take their goals seriously are totalitarians. They’ll tolerate your belief in reality as long as you don’t say it out loud or try to live by it.

“Not being in step with the mainstream of American life and opinion does not make you an exile, especially when you suffer no estrangement under the law.” –John Scalzi, June 29, 2015

“Government officials refusing to marry same-sex couples! Bigots who should be out of a job.” –Scalzi, July 9, 2015

You can be fined out of business (Oregon bakers), purged from your job (Brendan Eich), or forced to resign for not wanting to jump down the redefinition rabbit hole. But don’t worry, Scalzi says you’re not an exile in your own country in name, just an exile in your own country in fact.

People joke you should tell the truth because it’s easier to remember. That’s because the truth is real, the lie is imagined, fabricated. The best lies are 90 percent truth, 10 percent fabrication. But, like a lot of dough mixed with a little yeast, the truth becomes part of the lie if the lie appropriates it. It’s either “the whole truth and nothing but the truth” or a falsehood.

Anyway, lies are harder to remember because they have to construct an alternate reality that is, at least, consistent. The consistency fails if the contradictory truth is given air. Therefore, for the lie to succeed, it must totally wipe out the truth.

Hence progressives’ easy leap from liberalism to totalitarianism. The success of their proud designs to fashion man in man’s image and subsume the natural universe to man’s will depends on the absence of truth. So they overpower it.

“Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.” –American Bar Association

Here you have the perfect tool for state-supervised truth suppression. “Hate speech” doesn’t have to result in a crime for it to be classified as such. It just has to be “offensive.” And if the lie finds anything offensive, it’s the truth, which does not yield to time or force.

There is no way the message of the sinfulness of man, his separation from God and need for reconciliation outside himself, coexists with the lie. It is too offensive for brittle, vulnerable pride to withstand.

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