Culture Wars: Then and Now

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(Replies to Nev):

I grew up in a secular household, so I never understood where people were coming from with the religious stuff. And things were pretty bad when I was a kid, as far as people throwing Christianity into your face. About as bad as it is now with Islam, although the crusaders of my childhood were generally non-violent.

Tay and I grew up during America’s last culture war, when people felt threatened by *legitimate* social progress and were trying to impose what essentially amounted to conservative Christian values upon others — even though it wasn’t so simple as religious vs. secular or left vs. right.

Al Gore and his wife — believe it or not — were at the forefront of those who wanted to use government censorship to keep subversive, Satanic ideas from working their way into the minds of young people. The Evangelicals were with him, unsurprisingly. But non-churchgoers and the moderately religious were not.

The same sort of media-driven outrage you see now was going on back then, only they were playing up the divide by stoking outrage over traditional “American” (i.e., conservative) values, even though the media back then was almost as left-wing as it is now.

It was about ratings — for the networks, at least. For the average Joe, it was about religion, and for the politicians, it was about political power. Both the Dems and the GOP wanted to secure their share of thr Evangelical vote, which back then was pretty evenly split.

The crusaders ultimately took it too far. People (especially young people) rebelled — hardcore. The concept of America as a judeo-Christian nation slowly began to die, except in the minds of the Evangelicals.

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Anti-Zionism, Pro-Israel

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I don’t like Zionism.  I don’t like any form of nationalism that’s based on to whom (or where) you were born.  I also don’t like Judaism — or any other religion, for that matter.

I think indigenous rights arguments are stupid because as far as I am concerned, being born in a place makes you as “native” to that region as someone whose family has lived there for generations.  And most Israelis who are alive today are indeed native-born.

I’ve said before that I think it was a terrible idea to establish a Jewish state smack-dab in the middle of such a hostile area, but what’s done is done.  Israel is there, and it isn’t going anywhere unless its neighbors succeed in their ambition to push the Jews into the sea.

I like Israel because it is a Western-style democracy and a close ally to the United States.  I have tremendous respect for what the Israeli people face on a day-to-day basis.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like knowing that you are surrounded on all sides by people who quite literally want to genocide you.

Overall, I think Israel is pretty goddamned badass.  So yeah, I’m anti-Zionism, anti-Judaism, pro-Israel, and only anti-Semitic at family gatherings.

Who Are Jew?

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Facebook was exploding with identity politics earlier from people who supposedly disavow identity politics.  It started off as an argument over whether Anti-Zionism necessarily entails Anti-Semitism.

It quickly turned into an argument over who has the authority to decide what Anti-Semitism entails.  Most of those who weighed in agreed that it could only be *subjectively* defined by actual Jews. 🙄

Only then they started arguing over who qualified as a legitimate Jew.  Picture a Venn diagram with three circles — labeled ‘Religion’, ‘Ethnicity’, and ‘Ancestry’.  That’s how many different definitions of ‘Jew’ there were.  And anyone who fell outside of a particular category had no right to weigh in on what qualifies as Anti-Semitism.

It was like watching feminists argue over whether ‘TERF’ is a derogatory term.

People are seriously fucking insane.  And it’s not just the Regressive Left — their “logic” is bleeding out onto the rest of humanity.

Christian MAGA Feminist

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Bad enough the ads showing up in my newsfeed suggest I’m some kind of MAGA feminist; now it seems Facebook has me pegged as a Christian as well. 🤦‍♀️

How does this even happen?  I mean, I get the fem part — that’s obviously coming from my YouTube subscriptions (e.g., Birdman and Rekt Fem).

The MAGA stuff is a bit of a stretch, but I’m guessing it has to do with some of my memeing habits.

But Christian shit?  The best I can think of is sharing Jesus memes on Science Doesn’t Care What You Believe.