“The world has gone mad”….. and more on today’s CrossPolitic Daily Newsbrief. I’m Toby Sumpter and today is Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
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Bari Weiss on Commentary
“We Got Here Because of Cowardice. We Get Out With Courage: Say No to the Woke Revolution”
“A lot of people want to convince you that you need a Ph.D. or a law degree or dozens of hours of free time to read dense texts about critical theory to understand the woke movement and its worldview. You do not. You simply need to believe your own eyes and ears.
Let me offer the briefest overview of the core beliefs of the Woke Revolution, which are abundantly clear to anyone willing to look past the hashtags and the jargon…
…In this ideology, speech is violence. But violence, when carried out by the right people in pursuit of a just cause, is not violence at all. In this ideology, bullying is wrong, unless you are bullying the right people, in which case it’s very, very good. In this ideology, education is not about teaching people how to think, it’s about reeducating them in what to think. In this ideology, the need to feel safe trumps the need to speak truthfully…
How did we get here? There are a lot of factors that are relevant to the answer…
But there is one word we should linger on, because every moment of radical victory turned on it. The word is cowardice.
The revolution has been met with almost no resistance by those who have the title CEO or leader or president or principal in front of their names. The refusal of the adults in the room to speak the truth, their refusal to say no to efforts to undermine the mission of their institutions, their fear of being called a bad name and that fear trumping their responsibility—that is how we got here.
Brian Stelter CNN Interview with Bari Weiss
Weiss continues: “George Orwell said that “the further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” In an age of lies, telling the truth is high risk. It comes with a cost. But it is our moral obligation.
It is our duty to resist the crowd in this age of mob thinking. It is our duty to think freely in an age of conformity. It is our duty to speak truth in an age of lies.
This bravery isn’t the last or only step in opposing this revolution—it’s just the first. After that must come honest assessments of why America was vulnerable to start with, and an aggressive commitment to rebuilding the economy and society in ways that once again offer life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the greatest number of Americans.
But let’s start with a little courage.
Courage means, first off, the unqualified rejection of lies. Do not speak untruths, either about yourself or anyone else, no matter the comfort offered by the mob. And do not genially accept the lies told to you. If possible, be vocal in rejecting claims you know to be false. Courage can be contagious, and your example may serve as a means of transmission.”
Weiss goes on to give a list of her own suggestions of where to throw down with current lies being circulated.
There’s a lot to appreciate about this piece, and a great deal to agree with.
But Bari Weiss is a Lesbian Liberal. This doesn’t mean she cannot see these true things. But it means she doesn’t see them as clearly as she should. I pray that this is the beginning of an honest search for truth — true truth, the kind that goes all the way down. Her Judaism no doubt gives her some sense of the transcendent, but even religion untethered from a fixed, objective revelation from a personal God, is a wax nose. If she can explain away the passages in the Torah that clearly prohibit her sexual immorality, why can’t we all be relativists? Does she believe her God created the heavens and the earth in six days? If Darwin trumps that, then I’m afraid there’s no reason why Darwin can’t trump these white patriarchal notions of truth. If we got here by survival of the fittest, there’s no good reason to protest against the woke jihad since, they’re just trying to survive. Where do you get these benighted notions of equality and dignity and justice, Mr. Weiss when we all descended from mindless pondscum. There’s no dignity or justice if we are just a cosmic accident.
Mr. Weiss is trying to have a world where truth exists while pretending it doesn’t have to be held together by Jesus Christ.
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Philly Driving Equality Bill
Philadelphia on Thursday approved groundbreaking legislation that will bar its police officers from pulling over drivers for low-level motor vehicle offenses like broken taillights, a long-standing law enforcement tool that critics said led to Black motorists being stopped at disproportionate rates.
With a 14-2 vote, City Council passed the Driving Equality Bill, which details seven offenses — including improperly displayed registration or emission stickers — as “secondary violations” that cannot be the sole reason for police to pull over a driver. Instead, officers can issue citations for those infractions that will be mailed to drivers. The legislation will take effect 120 days after Mayor Jim Kenney signs it, which he is expected to do in the coming days.
In doing so, Philadelphia became the first large U.S. city to ban the use of so-called pretextual stops for low-level infractions, a practice that police departments have not only permitted, but encouraged for years to enable officers to potentially search the cars of drivers they suspected of carrying illegal drugs or weapons. Instead, critics say, it led to motorists being unfairly stopped and searched for what’s become known as driving while Black.
The new law is likely to have a significant impact on the nature of policing in Philadelphia. About 97% of police vehicle stops are for low-level violations, according to the Defender Association. Eliminating those could lead to as many as 300,000 fewer police encounters each year, it projected.”
On the one hand, I welcome the thought of 300,000 fewer police encounters. There is no biblical basis for pulling people over for having mud flaps that are slightly too small, for example, as I was earlier this year. Or for having improperly displayed emissions stickers. But this is more of that woke nonsense and therefore I’m worried about where it’s taking us. What is the standard for justice here? Calling this the “Driving Equality Bill” tells you that the standard at work here is about as predictable as what a six year old boy wants to tell you when he’s waiving his arm around eagerly in the back row of first grade. No offense to first grade boys, but let’s just say we never know what you’re going to say next. Speaking of which…
Chinese Supersonic Missile Caught US Intelligence Offguard
“China demonstrated advanced space capability by testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, the Financial Times reported, citing five sources familiar with the test.
The hypersonic glide vehicle launched by the Chinese military circled the globe in low-orbit space before speeding towards its target, sources told the paper.
Although the missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles, the test demonstrated China’s advanced space capability and took US intelligence by surprise, sources told the Financial Times.
The test showed that China had made “astounding progress” on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realized, two sources said, according to the paper.
“We have no idea how they did this,” another source told the paper.
Several countries, including the US, Russia, and China, are competing to develop hypersonic weapons. The missiles fly at low-altitude trajectories at more than five times the speed of sound.
Glide vehicles are a type of hypersonic weapon launched into space on a rocket but orbit the earth under their momentum.
Unlike ballistic missiles, they are maneuverable and do not follow a fixed trajectory, making them harder to track and defend against.”
There are real world consequences for rejecting Christ. The fool says in his heart there is no god. When you reject Christ, you become stupid. Professing to be wise, foolish hearts become darkened. And you can’t keep up economically, technologically, or militarily. W
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