PC World Strikes Again
To the editor: On March 19, more than 1,000 students, their parents and grandparents attended the N.C. Hunter Safety Course, given by the Department of Natural Resources and run by our local game wardens. This took place at a gun club nearby that has sponsored this event for many years.
More than 425 vehicles of all kinds from families of kids from 32 different schools in Western North Carolina were there. Do you know what was missing this year? School buses. Why? It is against the law to transport firearms in a school bus.
These 32 schools have marksmanship programs, and .22 caliber rifles are their ball bats, basketballs and footballs, but the PC world has outlawed their ability to be transported, along with their sportsmen, to events. So, instead of maybe 100 cars and several school buses, 425 cars burned up fuel and polluted the PC world’s environment.
I asked one youngster about his shirt that showed several sports on the back but not the one he was participating in. His answer, “We were not allowed to include a rifle with the picture of a bow and arrow, and bicycle wheels” among other pictured sports paraphernalia. I’ll bet the atheist club can ride the school bus.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.