The scourge of identity politics has long been the cunning behind many successful political campaigns. Using emotional momentum, these tactics cultivate a culture of victimhood, creating laws, rules and processes to allow people who have been “offended” to pursue and punish those with whom they disagree.
Thus, a moralistic approach to “diversity” has become the law of the land, with phrases such as “you’re being offensive” seen as a legitimate way to shut down an argument. Furthermore, while being ordered to cater to specific vocal, minority groups, the majority is silenced, and their concerns are essentially ignored. According to Paul Kelly, writer for The Australian:
Any Australian politician will gain currency by standing for the victim, winning moral acclaim and usually votes. The great examples are rejecting the same-sex plebiscite because it would offend and hurt gays and lesbians… and the right of LGBTI students to have the school norms redesigned on gender grounds for self-protection. The principle in each case is the same: the norms of the majority must surrender to the demands of the victimised minority.
But it doesn’t stop at politics: these progressive norms have made their way into our institutions, with university lecturers changing their material for fear of being ‘offensive’. Recently, a peoples’ vote on marriage was denied on the grounds that it would ‘upset’ people.
Even children have been targeted in this politically correct debacle: school norms have been forcibly redesigned in order to cater to “gender diversity,” with a large range of authority figures encouraging them to talk about their “sexual” identities as something “fluid”. It has effectively permeated every element of our society, honing victimhood and sensitivity into social and political weapons. Jonathan Haidt, professor of ethical leadership at New York University explained:
“The transition to a victimhood culture is one characterised by concern with status and sensitivity.” The self-declared victim looks to the new norms for satisfaction. “They bring it to the attention of the authorities,” Haidt says. “If something happens, you don’t deal with it yourself. You report it. You get the president of the university, the dean, some older person, some bureaucratic authority, to bring them in. To punish the person who did this. In such a culture you don’t emphasise your strengths, rather the aggrieved emphasise the repression and their social marginalisation. The only way to gain status is not just to be a victim but to stand up for other victims.”
The desire to use the law to coerce people to agree with radical ideologies, or see them face punishment, has been on display recently, with more than 90% of Australia’s LGBTI community rejecting the inclusion of any protection for religious freedoms in same-sex marriage legislation.
As Australians, we need to keep our beloved country from travelling down the road to politically correct tyranny. We need to take a stand against identity politics, choosing to defend our rights to freedom of speech, religion and logic.
We cannot afford to wait until it is too late; with your support, we will continue to defend the voice of the silent majority, so that the views of voice of all Australians will be heard and respected.