I have lots of friends who are black, says the racist. I hate the sin not the sinner, says the anti-gay bigot. “I don’t want to be anything but respectful toward transgender people,” says Fox News analyst Howard Kurtz. Yet, since “some Americans don’t feel comfortable” with Bruce Jenner’s sexual transformation into Caitlyn Jenner the rest of us must treat with equal “dignity and respect” their view that Jenner is “part of the culture wars” redefining relations between the sexes and sexual identity itself.
If it's one thing right wingers seem to hate most of all it's being held accountable for their thoughts, words and deeds.
By demanding we give equal time and respect to "differing" right wing points of view, I suppose Kurtz had in mind tweets like this one from Ben Shapiro, author of The People v. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration: “If you are cheering rather than praying for a man who has mutilated himself due to mental illness, you are part of the problem.”
There was also this tweet from Breibart's Editor-at-large: “Ask any of the straight male press members and politicians calling Jenner a woman if they would now date him.”
That for Kurtz counts as a different “point of view” the rest of us are duty-bound to extend the respect it deserves.
Liberals might think they are just making way for other people. But conservatives like Shapiro are convinced that liberals are embarked on a coordinated crusade of “massive government intervention” that aims for the wholesale “re-education of children” and is now using Jenner as the unwitting “tool” of their sinister “quest for redefinition of gender.”
Equating Jenner’s journey with a bi-polar, suicidal grandfather who once thought his radio was talking to him, is what counts as compassion with Shapiro, who believes “nothing would have been crueler to my grandfather (and presumably for Jenner) than had society told him that his delusions were correct….and that it was the stereotypes of the world inducing his paranoia.”
Those who support the former Olympic champion’s efforts to find his true self form part of what Shapiro calls “the anti-science left.”
“It's cruel to allow a mentally ill person to exploit himself in public,” as Shapiro says Vanity Fair has done with its flattering 22-page cover profile of Jenner, or as the White House did when President Obama praised Jenner for bravely sharing his story with Diane Sawyer.
But the political left is happy to inflict the cruelties of compassion and welcoming open-mindedness on innocent victims like Jenner, says Shapiro, so as to “perpetuate the pseudo-scientific nonsense” that “all disparities between male and female can be attributed to societal biases.”
Exhaling the hot air of pomposity so characteristic of those on the right, National Review writer David French dismisses the transgender “movement” as the product of an “elite culture” which forms but “one small branch of the immense, self-regarding tree of the sexual revolution” that is a close first cousin of such “cultural catastrophes as no-fault divorce and abortion on demand.”
Assuming god-like powers of omnipotence – another classic right wing trait which conservatives claim they deserve from their prodigious knowledge of the Bible – French, a lawyer!, confidently declares that the only thing radical or revolutionary about Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn “is the harm to his body, inflicted in a desperate quest to be something that he’s most assuredly not: a woman.”
Conservatives like Shapiro and French can’t even describe the details of the “culture war” accurately as they heap acrimony on the “anti-scientific” left.
It’s not that liberals believe all disparities between the sexes are socially derivative and therefore “arbitrary,” because they don’t. Liberals are merely more open than right wing conservatives seem to be to the scientific possibility that a disconnect can occur between a person’s authentic and genetically determined sexual identity and the physical body that identity happened to be accidentally poured into.
It’s not enough that people of a liberal bent of mind question their preconceptions, put their “prejudices” aside or swallow their reservations and misgivings so as to make room for people who don’t fit conventional standards of what is “normal.”
To those of a right wing bent of mind, anyone who would accept or approve the journey Jenner is on can never just be a nice person making others who are different from them feel welcome. Instead, those “on the Left” must always be advancing some perfidious “agenda,” no doubt because “conspiracy” sounds a whole lot more sinister than “charity” and “compassion.”