Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by the minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from the book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the library closed forever.
No one can be made to be uncomfortable. Campus “feminists” of today need a “safe space” – like the old Victorian Ladies’ Lounge complete with fainting couches – if anyone even wants to talk about a subject they find uncomfortable. Somewhere Susan B Anthony is weeping.
ISIS smashes history they don’t like in the Mideast. People are clamoring to do the same thing in this country. (Confederate Monuments anyone?) Just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something from it. History is not comfortable. The human race isn’t always about peace and happiness. But ignorance of history, is not a good thing.
We have, as a society elevated feelings above all else. We have become a society that celebrates and even rewards whining. In doing so, we have also become a society that punishes those who tell the truth because the truth can hurt. We must not allow Nativity scenes, or monuments to the Ten Commandments because it might make a radical Atheist feel excluded. We must not allow anything that offends, or that might offend a Liberal, offending Conservatives is not only still OK, it is celebrated now. Apparently some people’s feelings are more equal than others I guess.