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Jerry Bowyer: Tolerance Has Been Turned on Its Head

We have now seen a 180-degree turn from the “tolerance” movement in our country. First, they ordered us to be tolerant of those on the other side of the moral, political or sexual divide from us.

Now, the tolerance seekers are themselves increasingly intolerant. As Roger Kimball said recently, “The old idea … was summed up as ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ The new dispensation is: ‘I disapprove of what you say, therefore you may not say it.’”

Case in point: Greenpeace with Google’s assistance recently deleted Dr. Patrick Moore, from its list of founders. He disappeared just like ‘The Commissar Vanishes’ in Soviet Russia. Mr. Moore’s misdeed? He appeared on Fox News expressing skepticism of some recent climatology and was praised by President Trump.

Like in Stalinist Russia, history is being “upgraded.”

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Jerry Bowyer: How Important is Our Common History?

Roger Kimball was quoted recently in Imprimis Magazine, making a pithy observation on the state of higher education: “The more expensive education becomes the more it seems to lead, not to broader understanding, but to narrower horizons.”

Kimball marveled at the removal of a picture of Shakespeare from University of Pennsylvania’s English Department in favor of a photo of Audre Lorde—a black feminist writer. The Department Chairman gushed over the students’ courage to replace it: “they were committed to a more inclusive mission,” he said for the department.

But the rest of us might ask: “OK, but how long will the replacement photo be tolerated?” This trend towards erasing history is not slowing down.

What’s the next step? Bans on Broadway revivals of Neal Simon or Arthur Miller? Persecution of bookstores for selling non-PC books?

Defenders of our common history’s heroes and benefactors should speak out now. Your local libraries and museums may be the next target.

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