I ran across two quotes today that perfectly encapsulate why the no-platform response is a go-to for the technocrats of the “progressive” left.
“Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. … What no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.”– Austin Farrer
“What we assert may not be accepted, but unasserted convictions soon become deserted convictions.”– Neal A. Maxwell
If you follow these quotes to their authors, you’ll see that they’re speaking of Christian apologetics.
However, the general idea in these quotes applies to ANY belief, including the broad foundations of Western culture. And those foundations — including, and especially Christianity — are under relentless and insidious attack from the postmodern Left.
Despite being an agnostic nonbeliever, I find myself reading and talking to religious people more and more, especially on the internet. (Having been raised in a large, close-knit religious family and being on good terms with them means that most of the people I know are religious anyway.)
“…even if you’re not a person of faith, if you’re a person of intelligence and good conscience surely you recognize the importance of a culture that can correctly identify evil and combat it.“https://amatopia.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/evil-and-the-arts/
I may not believe in heaven or hell or any kind of religion, but I know that evil exists. There’s plenty of scope for evil in human nature; no supernatural impetus is required. More and more, our culture fails to recognize and even virtually worships the evils and failings of our nature. Most of these are small and petty, but all are corrosive.
The postmodern “progressives” take the position that Western culture itself is indefensible. Despite what I’ve tried to teach my children, I’ve seen this notion take root. My daughter is emerging from nearly 12 years in the American educational system with puzzlement at why I would think our history, our nation, our European heritage, is worthy of respect.
What no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned.
I used to think those who spoke of “the culture war” were being hyperbolic and kind of dim. Now I know that I was the dim one…but eventually the light bulb turned on. There really is an ideological war for the soul of Western culture. The people who should have been protecting and advancing it turned against it (and us) long ago.
I’m not really sure how to do this defending-my-culture thing, but I’m sure as hell going to try. Because I know what’s waiting out there in the world to rush in and replace the values our Western elites are so eager to have us abandon, and it’s not good.