This is depressing, but just more of the same - Journal of Omnifarious
Apr. 28th, 2004
11:35 pm - This is depressing, but just more of the same
Money earmarked for combating 'Goth' culture. This is rather silly. Federal funds going directly towards promoting or suppressing a particular group or sub-culture. But, the government does it all the time, and nobody complains. Sensitivity training (for those who are too blunt for our tastes I guess), diversity classes (oh, no, they don't like a particular group, and we can't possibly wait for their stupid bigotry to show them up as utter cads so they get the social shunning they deserve), combating 'Goth' culture (they're pale, and wear black, we just can't have that), faith based initiatives (religion (especially Christianity, but we'll pretend that's not what we mean) is good, really, ignore those wars over there, and years of therapy bills (or violent behavior) due to various forms of repression). The list is really quite endless.
But, people will vigorously defend their pet cultural suppression or promotion while pointing fingers at all the others and laughing. So, maybe what we really ought to do is just declare a free-for-all. All the various localities can all declare religions, or whatever it is they want to do to try to promote a particular culture. We can see where that leads. It'll probably look like Europe in the 1400s-1700s, but, heck, we can try it anyway. Woohoo! Go for broke everyone! That whole separation of church and state thing obviously doesn't apply to your personal religion, because it's the right one.