Much like the fascist left-wing domestic terrorist group Antifa claims its purpose is to fight fascism, virtue-signaling liberals channel their inner-hate while claiming to fight hate.
The “Hate Has No Home Here” project is designed to shut down speech and behavior that fails to conform to certain standards — in YOUR community.
“Hate, unchecked, can make neighbors feel fearful and unwelcome in their own communities,” the campaign’s website states.
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“The Hate Has No Home Here project seeks to declare neighborhood residences, businesses, and places of community free from hate speech and behavior, providing safe places for conversation, work, learning, and living,” the declared message says.
Signs are placed in front of the homes of the faithful, who declare their opposition to hate. The problem being, who decides what amounts to “hate speech and behavior?”
For example, would showing support for President Donald Trump be considered hateful?
F.H. Buckley, a professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, suggested in a New York Post op-ed that it likely is. He also explains why the “No Hate” project is actually pretty hateful.
— HateHasNoHomeHere (@HateHasNoHome) March 2, 2017
“Someone came up with the label ‘virtue signaling’ to describe the psychological impulse behind these signs,” Buckley wrote. “The idea is that people who put them up want to tell you how noble they are. But that doesn’t sound right. Virtue-signalers aren’t in any way in doubt about their own virtue. What they really want to do is signal how depraved others are.
“It’s about vice signaling, not virtue signaling.”
Buckley notes that there are a couple of Trump supporters on the block.
“Those signs are likely meant for them,” he said. “There’s no interaction between the two groups, and the signs are meant to keep it that way.”
How about enforcing immigration laws, is this considered hate?
— Molly Cantrell-Kraig 😷 (@mckra1g) May 24, 2017
Not only is this vice signaling “a defense mechanism, meant to displace liberal guilt,” according to Buckley, it also breaks up communities.
He also notes how military veterans might fail to pass muster with those who take it upon themselves to decide what is hate.
One of the people on the street is an ex-Special Forces veteran, with a Purple Heart from Iraq. That used to be a real signal of virtue. Now I’m afraid it marks him as a prime example of “toxic masculinity.” He’s the sort of man about whom freshmen are warned in college classrooms across the land. […]
Those toxic-masculinity classes aren’t really about protecting women, however. They never could do so, but that’s not the point. Rather they’re about vice signaling, about telling us that people on the wrong side of the gender gap are by nature evil.
The left’s embrace of transgender rights is another example of this vice signaling, Buckley said.
“I can’t see inside their hearts, but what I do know is that the people with their “No Hate” signs sow more division than they do comity,” he said. “It’s also clear that this constant slicing and dicing of the American people along lines of race, sex and gender makes it that much harder to talk about the common good.”
But Buckley’s most important message is that conservatives have no reason to be defensive.
“Instead, tell them you have nothing to apologize for. Tell them to look into their own souls,” he concluded.
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