Hitting the Hard Stuff

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Bullying

Will someone please describe what "bullying" actually happened. To most of us who have become desensitized by the constant manipulation of the language by the "progressives/gays/homosexuals/-----" we know that "bullying" is usually a code word for "they won't let me do what I want."

Just because at every one of the last three general conferences, one side has ignored the rules about demonstrations and stolen valuable time from those who followed the rules, doesn't give the rule abiding side the right to truly bully the objectors. Even though they have put forward their Plan B on the reorganization, which is certainly a direct insult, read that bullying, because Plan B is the generic name for the abortion pill featured in the Obamacare attack on religious freedom. So you can see that we have no reason to have any confidence in these code words. What really happened?

Bob more than 5 years ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


   

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