One of the most discouraging things to emerge from this smear of Milo Yiannopoulos is this “get out of my sandbox” mentality.
There is a prevailing attitude I have seen coming from many on our side that because Milo is gay he shouldn’t be accepted by conservatives.
In fact, one commenter here at PatriotRetort.com went so far as to accuse me of not being an “honest” or “authentic” Christian because I defended Milo.
I find that bizarre if you want to know the truth.
Part of that may be the fact that I do not view conservatism and Christianity as identical.
Conservatism is a set of principles, yes. But it is not my faith. Christianity is my faith.
But let’s examine this whole “get out of my sandbox” mentality from both the Christian standpoint and the conservative one.
Jesus hung around tax collectors and prostitutes.
In fact, it really infuriated those morality bean-counters known as the Pharisees. Those ideological purists followed after Jesus to catch him doing something they objected to in order to bust him on it.
And when they found him eating with tax collectors and prostitutes, they immediately tried to attack him for it.
Coincidentally, in a lot of the same ways those of us defending Milo are being attacked.
Jesus responded to them by saying “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” [Mark 2:17]
This desire to shun Milo and kick him out of our sandbox because he is gay sounds more like something the Pharisees would do.
As a Christian, I do believe that one has to repent to be saved. And since homosexuality is a sin, you gotta repent from it.
But we’re talking about the conservative/libertarian movement here, not the faith known as Christianity.
To believe that only Godly men and women can fight for Liberty and Individual sovereignty is just a wee bit narrow-minded, don’t you think?
Not all conservatives are Christians. That’s just a fact.
I can welcome Milo’s help in the fight against the Left while at the same time not approving of his homosexual lifestyle.
Because to me Conservatism is a set of principles. But Christianity is my faith. I don’t conflate the two.
While it is true that my Christian faith forms the basis for me being conservative, I think it’s nuts to believe that conservatism should reject everybody who isn’t a Christian.
I said in my column The Big Tent, that if I wanted to be the type of person who thinks, “you can’t play in my sandbox unless you are exactly like me,” I’d still be a Liberal.
Liberalism is a religion. I’ve been saying that for years. You must hold fast to all the tenets of Liberalism or you will be ostracized.
Which is precisely why pro-life women were not permitted to march in the so-called “Women’s March” last month.
I rejected this lock-step mentality over a decade ago and that why I am no longer a Liberal.
Conservatism is about Liberty, Freedom, Individual Sovereignty. These principles fly in the face of lock-step behavior and thinking.
In America today, there is a war waging between the Institutional Left and those of us who love Liberty. Do you really want to reject allies simply because they are not in lock-step with you?
Let me ask you a question.
Let’s say you were attacked on the street and were fighting for your life. If the only person who came to your aid was a flamboyant, outspoken, potty-mouthed gay man, would you refuse his help?
Would you say to him, “Thanks, but I’d rather get beaten to a bloody pulp than have a degenerate pervert like you come to my aid?”
Though he may not be in thinking and behavior exactly like me, why would I refuse Milo’s help in defeating the destructive ideology of the Left?
Yet many on our side want to refuse his help.
He doesn’t belong in our sandbox after all. He’s gay and swishy, therefore we should shun him.
I’ve seen comments to that effect on Facebook, here at Patriot Retort and other conservative sites. And honestly, I’m stunned by it.
Do we really want to hold the position that you can only fight for Liberty and Freedom if you think exactly the same as us and hold to the same faith?
Conservatism isn’t a faith. It isn’t a church.
Rather, it is a set of principles based on the ideals of limited self-government, Freedom, and individual sovereignty.
If we really decide to create a litmus test that only the most godly and virtuous among us can be a part of this movement, how is that productive?
And where do we draw the line?
Do we declare that anyone who has sex outside of marriage should also get out of our sandbox?
And since many Jews do not accept Jesus as Savior, should we give them the heave-ho as well?
How about atheists and agnostics? Should we take away their bucket and shovel and tell them to hit the bricks?
If the conservative movement becomes a club only for people who are sinless and pure, nobody will be a member.
This whole “Get out of my sandbox” mentality is sanctimonious and self-defeating.
Are we or are we not trying to preserve and protect this nation as founded?
Is that not our goal?
I see in Milo Yiannopoulos a man who loves this country and wants to join that fight.
And like every single one of us, he is imperfect. He is flawed.
To not only refuse his help, but to actively seek to drive him out seems so wrong-headed and counter-productive to me.
Not to mention, all this infighting and sniping will not help us win this war against the Left.
And speaking as a Christian, I would much rather follow the example of Jesus than the example set by the Pharisees.
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