The Brazen Hypocrisy and Intolerance of the So-Called Tolerant

The Brazen Hypocrisy and Intolerance of the So-Called Tolerant by Michael L. Brown

It wasn’t until I received an email from a Stream colleague that I was struck by the brazen hypocrisy of the Los Angeles Times editorial to which I took strong exception in my most recent article. Frankly, I overlooked that aspect of their editorial because I was so utterly floored by the Times defending a man who exposed himself to girls and women in a California spa while at the same time criticizing these very women.

Put another way, their defense of perversion and their turning the world of morality and sensibility upside down was what got my attention. So I devoted my article to highlighting that.

To quote the Times editorial board again: “no one has an absolute right to feel comfortable all the time. People have a right to use the spa, but that doesn’t include with it a guarantee that they all will feel at ease with everything they see.”

Yes, moms and daughters, get used to grown men flashing you in the spa. No one can guarantee that you won’t see that in the private women’s section of the spa. Who knows what else you might see?

Just be prepared to accept it. This is the age of tolerance, after all.

Picking Up on the Hypocrisy

It was this same Times comment that prompted this colleague to write to me, saying,

What’s amazing about the argument made by L.A. Times is how it is 180 degrees from what liberals were saying a couple years ago when banning conservatives from speaking on campus because of how uncomfortable conservative views made students. Suddenly making people uncomfortable is fine…

Except in this case it is not “uncomfortable.” It is a danger. And in many cases traumatic. I think of a young relative who was molested when she was about nine. Now it is okay for her to be traumatized by strange men naked in spas or locker rooms?

Where in the world are women’s groups?

It’s like that meme floating around last week. Said something like: “See a penis at a college frat party and that’s assault.” “See a penis in a woman’s spa and that’s tolerance.”

Oh, the hypocrisy of the “tolerant.” Words almost fail to convey fully the breadth and scope of it.

What Happened to Making Sure Everyone Feels Comfortable?

Think for a moment of the call for “safe spaces” on our college campuses, lest students be offended by an opinion with which they differ. (In other words, by a conservative opinion. I know of no call for safe spaces where conservative students can be kept safe from liberal opinions.)

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