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Hans Fiene @HansFiene
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A little rant about this:…
Threatening twitter-bans (or lawsuits or whatever) for "misgendering" is a giant exercise in begging the question. In order to make the argument that "misgendering" is wrong, you would first have to prove that people have a gender.
But how can you prove such a thing? Gender, we are frequently told, is not rooted in biology. It's not rooted in anatomy or chromosomes. It can't be viewed under a microscope. It is an immaterial, inner feeling.
In other words, gender is a philosophical/religious concept like the idea of the soul and, perhaps more to the point, soul mates. Can you prove that people have a soul? Not scientifically. Can you prove that someone is your soul mate? Again, no.
You can believe it. But if a biological male says to me "ignore my anatomy. My gender identity is female and you must refer to me as such," he's not simply asserting his dogma. He's imposing it on me.
If Twitter forces me to do the same, they are engaging in anti-religious bullying--harassing those who reject the new, hip orthodoxy. And if the state hops in, well, that's just flat out theocratic tyranny.
If gender identity weren't so wrapped up in the leftist agenda, this would be much more obvious. If Bill says Ella is his soul mate, but Ella marries Dave, we won't let Bill sue Dave for violating his civil rights.
We'd say to him "you can believe that Ella is your soul mate, but you can't force everyone else to believe it." We normally recognize that organizing society around unprovable philosophical/religious concepts is a recipe for disaster.
But the Selma-envy-riddled youngsters want to play both sides in their civil rights movement LARPing. They want to be the heroes on the right side of history. And they also want to be the guys controlling the firehoses.
Twitter is the perfect platform for such an endeavor, where users can tattle on those who refuse to embrace the new orthodoxy and where admins can say "we don't care about free speech or religious freedom. Use the pronouns we want or get out."
All of this is a gentle reminder that:
1. Leftists only value free speech as a tool, not as a concept. Once they've used the free speech tool to assume positions of power, they will burn it lest anyone else use it to take that position away from them.
2. When people imagine Christianity to be foolish and cruel, the religions they invent to replace it are a thousand times stupider and more oppressive.
Oh, also, if this thread ends up getting me banned, let my final words on Twitter be this: SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!
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