“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” used to be good enough. Nope. Not anymore. In a new encyclical to Department of Justice employees intended to establish a better workplace environment for LGBT employees, supervisors are instructed, among other things:
DON’T judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.
That’s just one of many ridiculous DOs and DON’Ts included in what would be a hilarious document if it weren’t so disturbing. It is sprinkled with apparently real testimony from people of other perversions… I mean persuasions… who have been “persecuted” in the workplace. Consider this guy… er, girl… eh, I don’t know:
As a transgender woman, I want people to understand that I’m real. I want to be recognized as the gender I really am. Yes, there was awkwardness with pronouns at first for folks who knew me before the transition. But it hurts when several years later people still use the wrong pronouns. And just imagine if people were constantly debating YOUR bathroom privileges. Imagine how humiliating that would be.
Yes. That would be humiliating. Which is why I go to the bathroom appropriate to my actual gender. And if I suddenly decide to start wearing women’s clothes, take hormones, and talk in a higher-pitched voice, my present self is telling all of you right now that I do not consider it a kindness on your part to act like nothing is wrong with me. I mean, if I started pretending like I was a bird of paradise or a cup of water, I hope my loved ones would send me to the applicable specialist rather than act like everything were normal. What are we supposed to do? If I were a woman (and I consider this only for hypothetical purposes), I think I would be made very uncomfortable by the presence of a man in the women’s bathroom. Am I not allowed to feel uncomfortable in that case?
Forget “hate speech.” Apparently there is “hate silence” as well. This is ridiculous, and I’m sick of it. I can understand if they wanted you to keep your negative opinion to yourself. But now that’s not even good enough. LGBT bigotry makes the Gestapo and the KGB look mild in comparison. At least they might allow you silent disagreement if you didn’t make waves. But this closes in on Orwellian dimensions. They’re Thought Police and they know what you’re thinking…
But they don’t know what I’m thinking really. So let me explain it in universal terms. Say I’m walking by a burning house, and a man is standing in the living room about to be burned to death, so I go up to the window and yell, “You idiot! Get the hell out of the house before you burn to death!” And he says, “No. I’m doing this on purpose. Don’t judge me.” So then a group of people get together, and they decide that they all favor burning to death in living rooms, and they tell me, “We don’t want you telling any of us that we shouldn’t burn ourselves alive in living rooms, okay? This is just the way we are.” “Okay,” I say. “If that’s the way you want it, I can keep my mouth shut when I see one of you burning himself alive.” So I see one of them writhing in a self-started conflagration, and I honor his wish and keep walking even though I know I’ll regret later that I didn’t try harder to pull him from the flames. But then the Living Girl and Boy Torches reconvene: “We could tell when you were walking by in silence that you did not condone our behavior. Next time you walk by, you need to tell us you like what we’re doing. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
Is that an exaggeration? Not in my mind. I think LGBT behavior is bad for individuals and bad for the human race. It’s self-destructive. And the majority of Americans agree with me actually. But we can’t say that without being hateful, apparently. Because it’s hateful, apparently, to try to stop someone from doing something self-destructive. But whatever. I can keep my opinion to myself. (Why are you all snickering?) But it’s gotten to the point where even that isn’t good enough. You literally have to adopt their opinion or you’re a bigot. That’s right. They’re so tolerant, you can’t even have your own private unspoken opinion without being called a pervophobe. So I’ve decided to speak to them about this in a way they will understand: