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'Pride' Has Become An Elitist Civic Religion That 'Queers' Core American Values
Resistance is our constitutional calling, now
Today officially marks the 1st Day of Summer. All summer long we will be celebrating the “Summer of Pride.” I see it as an opportunity for change in our communities, states&nation. It will take us all, but together we can create a wave of change. Let the “Summer of Pride” begin!
Assistant HHS Secretary Rear Adm. Rachel Levine on Twitter
We’re here, we’re queer, we’re coming for your children!
Pride chant in New York City last Friday
My fellow Americans:
"Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the upper class while often inflicting costs on the lower classes," psychology writer Rob Henderson explains. Conspicuous consumption, the accumulation of cultural capital, and the intensified desire for wealth and status among those who already have it — these are the traits of an elite.
Elites model behaviors and beliefs to the classes below them. For example, ritual Pride Month observances at the White House signal that we are all supposed to adopt the new civic religion, use the magic pronouns, and behave according to strange new customs of democratic discourse. All this “diversity” and “intersectionality” and glowing talk of love and acceptance invariably give way, at the first challenge, to ideological puritanism and dogmatic commands. The flags are not American flags because the program is altogether different. “Pride” is no longer about liberation, but libertine abuse. It has become a substitute civic religion that is incompatible with core American heuristics for fairness, decency, and freedom.
Our American elites want us to march in lockstep under the banner of the holy rainbow alphabet, or else, because it costs them nothing to demand that obedience from us. Until now. Resistance to gender ideology has grown. An increasing number of people now call out the gender cult as a cult, objecting to its psychological demands on us. We insist on upholding the liberal western values of freedom of speech and conscience with a new consistency and sureness.
Calling out the pride cult, the gender cult, the pronoun cult, the woke cult et al as a cult, works.
It neatly contains everything that is wrong with a faith-based, pseudoscientific, totalizing, aberrant ideology which only represents a very narrow, if powerful, slice of the nation.
The gender identitarians have no good answers to this line of attack because it is so obviously true. Gender identity is a belief. Only a minority of Americans shares this belief, and the rest of us increasingly find it objectionable. No majority of Americans will tolerate being forced to perform and share a belief they find objectionable. Nor should we. We are Americans.
The elite imposition of “Pride Faith” is not going over well, nor is the regime of “acceptance” increasing the acceptance of specific transgender agenda items. On the contrary, Americans are fed up and increasingly reject gender ideology.
According to the "Politics of Gender, Pronouns, and Public Education," a new report released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), between 2021 and 2023, the percentage of Americans who said that there are only two possible genders increased by over 10 percentage points, from 59 percent of Americans to 65 percent of Americans. Meanwhile, the percentage saying there are many gender identities fell to a low of 34 percent.
The trend to the Right on gender was especially marked among minorities. For Black Americans, the number of respondents who agree that male and female are the only possible options for us latter-day descendants of Lucy and/or Adam went from 65 to 70 percent, and for Latinos it rose from 56 to 66 percent.
Even the majority of millennials and Gen Zers now accept the gender binary, as do vast majorities of almost every major religious group. And two of the U.S.'s three major political blocs now express mass-majority support for the idea that there are only two possible human genders, with Republicans at 90 percent and Independents at 66 percent. Even Democratic voters come fairly close to evenly split, with 44 percent believing that gender is a binary.
Professor Wilfred Reilly can add countless frustrated gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to the list of demographics that Democrats are losing. The existence of this website is testament. Then there are immigrant and faith communities now objecting to woke rainbow sexuality lessons in their schools.
Set aside concern for microdemographic electoral consequences, however, because an un-American ideology like “gender identity” is bound to annoy a supermajority of Americans into forming an opinion against it.
The PRRI results track with other recent survey results. Seeing Lia Thomas not simply allowed to cheat at sports, but celebrated and amplified by sports media, increased public opposition to “trans inclusion” of men in women’s sports from 62 percent to 69 percent. Shocker: Americans like their sports to be fair. They hate cheaters. They hate being gaslit. They don’t “hate trans people.”
“How did we get here?” Americans ask. If such a small minority of Americans supports all this — if only half of Democrats support it — then what explains the seemingly-irresistible power of this gnostic woo cult?
According to professor Damon Centola, in order to reshape any society or organization, a new belief or behavior needs only 25 percent of members to subscribe to it. As Centola explains in this podcast, new “gender norms” have come into force through the consensus of the “community” of human resources and managers rather than whole companies or organizations.
In short, we got here because the people who run everything have decided they like “gender identity.” As with “Latinx,” it is a cultural marker of the college educated white American bent on transforming their departments and programs and companies into social justice organs. Trump voters don’t use these neologisms, and so they are conveniently screened from any job or social group that embraces Pride.
Ideology is promoted, but never acknowledged as an ideology. The Associated Press tells reporters not to use the term “gender ideology” because the type of people who become AP reporters these days do not want to acknowledge they are promoting an ideology.
“Gender diversity” thus banishes viewpoint diversity. “Gender expression” stifles free expression. “Safe spaces” for risible opinions allow them to fester unopposed in consequential offices. All of this is supposed to be our new normal. We are supposed to accept it. Celebrate it. Shop at Target, drink our Bud Light, and “evolve.”
We got here because politics became too consuming for too many educated, accomplished people. These elites are numerous enough to make the changes they want to the rules through lobbying and administrative pressure and money, but they are not numerous enough to make the rest of us go along if we resist.
First, we must resist. Political narratives of social justice are a terrible substitute for American civil religion. That constitutional bedrock is solid ground on which to resist.
The decline of civics education in the United States has been a bipartisan project. First, curriculum requirements were cut back to concentrate on the core skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic. More recently, however, the woke have made American civics unrecognizable. Rather than learn how the Constitution, legislation, the courts, and governments work, children are learning to hate America as well as its core civic values.
We’re not just watching history being rewritten; it’s being intentionally obscured from the next generation. History and civics teachers aren’t teaching their subjects, so declining test scores are no surprise. If things continue this way, the revolutionaries’ jobs will only get easier: there’s no need to lie to children about who George Washington was or what his accomplishments were if they don’t even know who Washington was or what he accomplished. In this dark future — nowhere near as far away as one might think — students who might have had a healthy sense of patriotism, love for and basic understanding of their native land will feel no obligation to it. And that, perhaps, is the point.
George Washington was a controversial figure even in his own time. A vanilla version of George Washington — the mythical cherry tree, crossing the Delaware, his dentures — would be ahistorical and incomplete. A dark version of George Washington — strongman, slaveowner, capitalist — would also be ahistorical and incomplete. George Washington is not a dead stone god. George Washington is a debate — a living and active debate that continues almost 250 years after the Revolutionary War began.
No phrase better contains the problem than “this is not a debate.” It is un-American on its face because America is a land of free debate. Free speech requires debate, and a country without robust debate is not free at all. It is therefore terrifying to read that American high school debate judges are openly “teaching [students] to self-censor and conform their arguments to a new politically correct standard,” according to James Fishback.
At NSDA nationals, there were at least two dozen judges who warned students against “transphobia” in their paradigms. These ambiguous warnings instill fear in students about the arguments they can’t make. This fear drives self-censorship and eliminates certain viewpoints that need to be heard.
A supermajority of Americans disagree with “gender identity.” Terror of the mob may stop them from objecting out loud, but it cannot change what they think. With no outlet to express these frustrations, Americans stop drinking beer brands that use Dylan Mulvaney, stop visiting Disney theme parks, and stop voting for Democrats.
This point, I reckon, will escape too many Democrats until it is far too late. A crowd of half-naked adults “coming for your children,” living-breathing Libs of TikTok bent on grooming young people, has no “working class” appeal.
Parents dealing with sudden transgender identification in a troubled child are immune to slogans about “kitchen table issues” when Democrats refuse to even examine the issues sitting at their kitchen tables.
Black women have benefitted most from sports scholarships of any American demographic. What are the “kitchen table issues” of a black family with an athletic daughter watching Lia Thomas get glorified on their TV screen?
California Democrats gleefully write legislation to take children away from parents who fail to “affirm” because they think they are winning the great “civil rights cause of the 21st century,” but in fact they are signing their party up for a political suicide pact because they are making war on the American family.
Recent events in Burlington, Massachusetts, demonstrate how the top-down imposition of “Pride” and LGBTQAlphabetical orthodoxy inspires resistance even in the children being targeted for destruction. Students tore down progress flag decorations to register dissent; the school board reacted with mandatory re-education in Maoist gender principles. Previous generations of American youth rebelled against the lies of authoritarians and the excesses of elites. This time, “gender” and “Pride” are the excesses of our authoritarian elites. A generation is being raised to resist them, and will want leaders.
America’s Pride elites intend on “a society that lives by lies, the undermining of the family, and a radical reimagining of the relationship between the individual and their body and the citizen and state,” in the words of Pedro Gonzalez. To that end, women have recieved the most hostility and violence from crowds of angry rainbow-and-progress warriors when they attempt to hold free speech events. Women are the core of the family, the protectors of children. The new protected class of person abolishes all the previous protected classes of person.
When in the course of human events a system of control becomes intolerable to those compelled to live by it, the people are justified in resisting their masters. This is the bold American experiment in a nutshell. The new civic Pride religion is inimical to open debate of any kind, intolerant of dissent, and exclusionary of Americanism. We must resist, and everywhere, leaving no “safe space” for our new, un-American elites.
We are Americans. We can refuse to enter the wizard circle at all. We can object to ritual and cant. We can invoke our rights as Americans. To quote Nancy Reagan, we can "just say no."
Elon Musk raised a fuss last week when he declared that “repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions” on Twitter.
Responding to a woman who had received hundreds of abusive messages, Musk added that “the words ‘cis’ or ‘cisgender’ are considered slurs on this platform.”
This is what “no” looks like.
No, children cannot consent to puberty blockers or sex changes.
No, genderbeings don't exist so no, we should not give them recognition in public policy.
No, that man is cheating at sports and it is not okay. No, he is not jumping the hurdles with his genderbeing, he is jumping hurdles set nine inches lower with his physical biological body, stop gaslighting.
No, I will not use pronouns. No, I will use the pronouns that I know to be correct.
No, you cannot make me lie.
No, you cannot make me take a loyalty oath to an ideology.
No, I will not let you trample my constitutional rights.
And here is the big one: "No, I will not vote for the child sterilizing cult."
No, I will not support any Democrat who supports any part of this Molochian madness.
No, I will not be guilted or hounded or abused into cooperation with this blinkered Lysenkoist project. You cannot make me.
No, I will not celebrate "pride" or observe a weirdly Catholic ritual yearly calendar of days and weeks and months and whole damn seasons of pride.
No, I will resist your remembrance of false histories.
No, "trans ___ are ___" is not a fact, it is a gnostic faith statement and I am not in your gnostic woo cult.
No, "nonbinary/boggogender/ace/demi identities are valid" is an Hermeticist faith statement and I am not in your pagan magic cult.
Name the cult. Say no to the cult. Do it all the time, every time, until they stop lopping bits off kids and cheating at sports and putting men in women's prisons. Get men out of women's spaces. Stop sexualizing the kids. Those are the terms of their surrender. Be unyielding.
Defend this boundary and don't engage in word games or definitions. You don't believe the woo, you disagree about the science, this is in fact a debate, because this is America, and
America. Is. A. Debate.
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