Prejudice is of little concern to me. In the grand scheme of things, how someone feels about a certain movie is as inconsequential as how they feel about a certain race. If a white racist assaults a minority, I am concerned with the assault, not his opinion. Most racists, white, black, or otherwise never take things that far, and their opinion remains their prerogative, however goofy or wrong it may be. In fact, I know die-hard racists who are otherwise decent people. Bad opinions don't necessarily equal bad character.
Likewise, I know liberals who are wrong about virtually everything, who subscribe to a number of vicious stereotypes, yet remain the salt of the earth. One of the strongest prejudices commonly expressed by liberals and various cosmopolitan elites is the scorn shown towards Christians who reject the theory of evolution and believe in "creationism." This anti-Christian prejudice, as it relates to creationism, can be as harsh as any racism and is often as illogical. I remember a woman who called in to WTMA during the presidential primaries who claimed she liked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but could not vote for him because he rejected evolution and put "religion above science."
But we vote for leaders who place faith above facts all the time. What creationism is to fundamentalist Christianity, the belief in the strength of "diversity" is to fundamentalist liberalism. Common sense tells us the earth probably wasn't created in seven days and is older than a few thousand years. Common sense also tells us that racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity creates friction everywhere it exists.
Science also tells us this. Consider the recent findings of Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, which were published in his article "E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the 21st Century." Writes Pat Buchanan, "After 30,000 interviews, Putnam concludes and reports, against his own progressive convictions, that ethnic and racial diversity can be devastating to communities and destructive of community values. The greater the diversity, the greater the distrust, says Putnam. In racially and ethnically mixed communities, not only do people not trust strangers, they do not even trust their own kind." As it turns out, diversity isn't a strength — it's a bitch.
It is one thing to try to deal with the diversity presented by various historical, political, and economic circumstances (blacks and whites in the American South, for example). It is quite another to encourage ethnic diversity as an unqualified "good."
In the United States we have a vast labyrinth of laws and regulations designed to insure diversity at every level of American life. But the belief in the strength of diversity is an article of faith, not fact. And the belief in the inherent good of diversity has become a quasi-religion — common sense and science be damned.
Like faith, science also has its flaws. Despite Darwin's popular theory of evolution, common sense tells us that human beings are more than a collection of tissue. Man is the only moral animal on this planet, something the Christian recognizes, if not the monkey.
The same "infallible" science that now tells us global warming is an absolute fact used to tell us that black children couldn't compete with white children in the classroom. Science, like all human institutions, is fallible, not to mention susceptible to the politics and conventional wisdom of the day.
As a conservative, I'm skeptical toward man-made institutions, scientific, religious, or otherwise. Treating science as a religion strikes me as silly as treating all religious texts literally. Human beings are fatally flawed, relatively petty creatures, whose identities are formed mostly by the people who surround them and the prejudices they subscribe to.
Don't believe for a minute that the liberals and cosmopolitan elites who call fundamentalist Christians "stupid" aren't subconsciously reinforcing their own worth and superiority. The same goes for Christians who turn their noses down at non-believers. And the same goes for racists who find a higher value in the color of their own skin.
We human beings spend so much time pointing out the flaws of others that we rarely recognize our own. And while the diversity of our prejudices might be good for the ego, becoming more humble by recognizing man's limitations will always do wonders for the soul.
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