Sunday, April 26, 2015

Evidence of Being Objectively Disordered

So, the John Hopkins Student Government Association passed a non-binding resolution trying to keep Chik-fil-a off campus.

Chik-fil-a, by the way. Not Chick, like the story says as of this writing.

Anyway, you can guess why. Dan Cathy opposed gay marriage, so, uh... well:
The resolution said that allowing Chick-fil-A to open on campus would be a “microaggression” against members of the LGBT community, Washington’sWTOP-FM reported Friday.
Those microaggressions are big deals.

There's a lot of craziness going on with these people, but the one thing I want to know is - if the mere presence of a Chik-fil-a is a 'microaggression' against LGBT people, then what is a non-binding resolution like this to any person who believes same-sex marriage is wrong? An acceptable microaggression? An acceptable macroaggression?


The Fez said...

Microaggression, as I understand it, implies a certain level of unintended racism/sexism/ect that is masked to the 'aggressor' but still perceptible by the 'victim'. Something tells me that a non-binding resolution to discourage a Christian-leaning Chicken franchise from opening up shop is entirely intentional in its aggression. As in, it's plain ol' regular aggression.

But that's really the whole strategic advantage to micro-aggression. You don't know when you're doing it. Someone of higher sensitivity and cultural understanding now has the opportunity to instruct you as to the correct frame of mind.

Christians need to start playing that game as well. Did your liberal friend just take the Lord's name in vain? Microaggression. Did they just say "Happy Holiday" rather than "Merry Christmas"? Microaggression. "Godzundheit" rather than "God bless you?" Microaggression. Christians need to be getting up into the craw-space of secular society at every opportunity in order to communicate how "uncomfortable" and how "unsafe" we feel. All the time. Every day. At every opportunity.

The slightest infraction should yield merciless lecturing, and they should know the full reality of their unintended religious discrimination.

It would be great.

Syllabus said...

They tried this with a pro-life stand for Spring Fair also; someone thought that the foetal displays could be "triggering" or some shit, and so tried to deny them a stand. Thankfully, that was dealt with quickly.

But yeah, this is completely fucking dumb. The SGA here at Hopkins tend to be obstructionist assholes for anything that offends their delicate sensibilities. A few friends of mine run the finisher's student association here, and the SGA have consistently denied them the budget that they'd need to actually do anything like the activities they'd like to.

Additionally, given the wording of the resolution (which, incidentally, is an utter disaster of English composition; there was one line that said something to the effect of "stated divisive statements"), I see no reason why their ruling couldn't in principle try to ban Catholic or Mormon student groups from the use of campus facilities. I mean, it's an open question as to whether or not that would be feasible, but the reasoning is the same: thoughtcriminals must be penalized.

Crude said...

I was thinking, if the mere presence of a Chik-fil-A is a 'microaggression' that causes harm to LGBT students, then how about the presence of a priest? A cross?

Graham Esposito said...

I always thought there was something absolutely hilarious about Chik Fil A being a flashpoint in the gay debate. Only in 21st Century America could a mass-produced chicken sandwich become politicized.

Also, I'm all but certain that even the kids who voted against CFA coming to the campus are just a little sad about it: that shit is delicious.

Crude said...

Also, I'm all but certain that even the kids who voted against CFA coming to the campus are just a little sad about it: that shit is delicious.

I remember during the last flareup when harpies were screaming that Chik-Fil-A tastes TERRIBLE and it is HORRIBLE and no one wants to eat it anyway. And even some of the LGBT jackboots were pausing and saying, you know, come on - anyone who's had it knows that's a crock of shit.

Graham Esposito said...

I definitely agree with your main point. So long as the narrative centers on the idea that the only conceivable objection to same sex marriage is "hate" there's going to be no distinction between the laity in the commercial space and the clergy in the public in general. When Gordon College has to contend with the Boston Globe, who has absolute control over that very narrative, the only way out, I think, is to aggressively attack it as the moral reasoning of a toddler who screams "YOU HATE ME" at his parents in the throws of tantrum. Am I honestly supposed to believe that a professional, cosmopolitan adult journalist doesn't have friends with whom they share moral disagreements with on some level? If they DON'T, it seems reasonable to interrogate a person like that to make them answer publically whether or not they actually HATE people with ANY different moral scruples than their own.

GoldRush Apple said...

This sort of reminds me about American Indians being offended by Illinois' mascot -- which is now retired due to such complaints and the NCAA, or the now defunct "The Saltine Warrior" of Syracuse.

During my university years in the hallway where the philosophy classes were held, there was a poster for "Freethinker Society." At that time I wasn't nearly religious as I am today, but did I find offense to the poster and the existence of the club? No. My feelings never came into play; I just kind of scoffed at it because I knew what was said about religion within that club was banal and sophomoric at best - there was no moderation of a professor (not that a proctor of that kind would necessarily enhance the atmosphere).

What I find even more amusing is that its Johns Hopkins U, mostly known for its science & medicine programs, that this group came out of. Brown, Michigan, Wisconsin, Berkeley, NYU etc. I can see. But JH? The fervor of stupidity runs strong no matter the campus.