Camille Paglia is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a brilliant liberal philosopher. She is the kind of person the Left should be following when it comes to political values, instead of trailing after mental midgets like Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton. I don’t mean to say that she is right about her beliefs… but she is open-minded enough to hear what we have to say and is willing to accept us for who we are as conservatives. There aren’t many liberals like her around today, so when I heard she would be on the Laura Ingraham show I made sure to listen. Here are some of the surprising things she had to say.
“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech. In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there.
Now on the other hand to what degree people can use a platform that is privately funded on the media this is a whole other issue. To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades. This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s has been lost by my own party.”
Paglia, who is an atheist, also said that she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance shown by gay activists.
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility. This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing viewpoints. There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement. And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”
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