Guess who’s excluded from the inclusion brigade? That’s right, conservatives

Jan 10, 2018 by

by David Kurten, TCW:

‘Inclusion’ is the new buzzword of the progressive Left. It is the latest in a long line of words intended to programme the public into accepting the victim narratives of post-modern Marxism, while simultaneously disarming anyone who disagrees with the progressive agenda. It follows hard on the heels of the other ‘go to’ concepts of multiculturalism, tolerance, diversity and equality.

The idea of inclusion develops the language of the culture war a step further. Its leverage as a concept lies in its apparent rectitude or virtue: who would not want to be inclusive? If you consciously exclude someone, then you must be bad. You are thus rendered helpless to disagree with the progressive agenda at the cost of being named and shamed as a bad person. If you do not accept multiculturalism, then you’re a racist. If you do not tolerate and celebrate every demand of the LGBTQQIAAP* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual and *, meaning ‘the umbrella of queer’) collective, then you are homophobic and transphobic.

‘Inclusion’ means that you must actively include every group conferred with a protected characteristic by the Equalities Act 2010. Refusal, however valid the reason, can make you a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, a disablist and an Islamophobe to boot.

What it means is that your liberty, or right, to choose not to include certain people goes by the board. In a free society there are some people one may wish to exclude, with very good reasons. An employer may well want to exclude someone he or she thinks is likely to spend most of the time whining about identity politics rather than doing a good job.

But despite all this noble-sounding virtue signalling from progressives, one group of people is actively excluded from the inclusive Utopia: anyone with a traditional or conservative viewpoint. Anyone, for example, who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, or that there are only two genders determined by chromosomes, risks not just naming and shaming but being disciplined, fired or prevented from having a job where there is any contact with anyone else, as happened last year to volunteers at the National Trust who refused to wear LGBT badges (before the Trust was forced to climb down).

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