by Melanie Phillips, The Times:
Rejection of Christianity has served only to undermine western values of freedom and tolerance.
A BBC film to be shown in schools to pupils aged between nine and 12 claims there are “more than 100 gender identities”. How did we get to a stage where such absurd nonsense is promulgated by our cultural avatars?
A new book by Douglas Murray, The Madness of Crowds, which is published next week, offers a timely exploration of the gender, race and identity politics at the heart of what has been correctly described as the culture wars. Murray writes that we are going through a “great mass derangement”. People are behaving, he says, in increasingly irrational, herd-like and unpleasant ways in order to create a new religion of “social justice”. This atomises society into different interest groups and ascribes elevated moral status to people simply because they are black, gay, female, transgender and so on.
“And so we are asked to agree to things which we cannot believe, and told not to object to things to which most people object, such as giving children drugs to stop them going through puberty or allowing men who self-identify as female to use female toilets.”
How have we arrived at a situation in which, under the rubric of spreading tolerance, freedom and reason, people who challenge this kind of thinking are told they are bigots and bullied off public platforms and out of their jobs?
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