Few things ignite a passionate fire of fury in me more than the liberal notion of inclusivity. Forgive me for my naiveté, but I thought “inclusive” was a word that meant “not excluding any part of society.” Apparently, I am wrong however, as “inclusive” has been appropriated (see what I did there…this is liberal-ese) by the liberal mindset to refer solely to the LGBTQIA+ community.
And please forgive me for using the word “liberal”, as it only serves to continue to draw the imaginary line separating “us” from “them.” Unfortunately, there is no other clear language to use at this point. I don’t believe that all people who subscribe to the liberal mindset are horrible people. But I think the tenets of liberalism have been sold to them with such ferocity that those who believe in liberalism have a hard time challenging its ideas. I know this because I used to be one of them.
But the point of this post is not liberalism in general. It’s the liberal idea of inclusivity. In this absurd town I live in called Ithaca, inclusivity is held up as the ultimate ideal, perhaps even the “god” of this tiny town. And I have been beating my brains out trying to figure out why their notions of inclusivity pointedly exclude Christians.
It is because, much like everything in the liberal ideology, inclusivity has been whisked away to their workshop and painted with a shiny coat of SEX. Inclusivity does not simply mean “all people”, it means “LGBTQIA+ people.”
From the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce website:
“Local non-profit group, Ithaca is Love, will begin distributing “Inclusive Space” decals to local businesses this June in honor of Pride Month…for local businesses that wish to advertise that they are an inclusive space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”
The article goes on to say:
“Celebrating the diversity that makes Ithaca ‘Ithaca’ and Tompkins County so unique is something the Chamber takes very seriously,” said Jennifer Tavares, president of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. “We are so happy to be part of a county-wide visible commitment to inclusivity for local businesses wishing to make the pledge.”
When did “inclusivity” come to refer entirely to sexuality? Why does “celebrating diversity” have to mean specifically celebrating LGBTQIA+ people?
I am so confused and I am so exhausted coming up against the liberal mindset everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way stating that the LGBTQIA+ community should be shunned. They should be loved and included like everyone else. This post is not about how to love and minister to the LGBTQIA+ community. That is a topic for another time. (For a loving and truly inclusive explanation of the Catholic Church’s stance on sexuality, feel free to watch this video from Ascension Presents.)
So maybe I’m getting upset because I thought inclusive meant to include all people, but it now simply means to specifically and “exclusively include” the LGBTQIA+ community. Well, now that their meaning is clear, I guess I can stop worrying.