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Peter Heck: A simple, but serious question for society’s cancel crusaders

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Peter Heck, an independent journalist and publisher of Disrn, asked a pointed question this week as it pertains to the cancel culture.

“By what standard are you rendering your cancellation verdicts?” he asked.

After the latest assassination by the woke monster to cancel the beloved Dr. Seuss for “being racist,” Peter wondered aloud how the crusaders can morally justify their positions when they do not share a common sense of morality.

“Having rejected God and His moral precepts, we’ve concocted our own counterfeit morality – minus the grace, forgiveness, and love with which He administers His,” Peter wrote.

“Don’t misunderstand – we all are fully aware what has been classified as ‘bad:

    • The isms: racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, gender binarism
    • The phobias: homophobia, biphobia, transphobia
    • The catchalls: MAGA affiliation, Western Civilization apologist, failing to list your preferred pronouns if for no other reason as a sign of conformity and solidarity

“Again, we all know what is considered culturally sinful, I’m asking why you say it is. What is the moral guidepost you are using to make that declaration?” he inquired.

It’s a very good question.

“What tells you that racism is wicked or that saying cruel things about a gay person is wrong?” Peter asked. “I’m not arguing with you about your conclusion, I’m asking you how you arrived at it and how you know that it’s trustworthy?”

That is very similar to someone asking if something is true or not. How can you know something is true unless there is a truth to be known? It’s that kind of thinking that keeps philosophers awake at night.

There has to be a standard that we can hold up to compare against whatever we’re trying to measure. And, that standard must be true at all times, across the board, with no “gray area” that is subject to interpretations by fickle individuals who will likely change their minds many times over during the course of their lives.

Take murder for example. Does the Bible say we should not kill someone else?

In relaying the Ten Commandments, God told us in Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder.” So, what is murder and how does that compare to other forms of killing?

Well, murder is an intentional act committed by a person who contemplates and follows through in taking someone’s life.

So, if you fall off a roof and land on top of someone, breaking his neck and ending his life, have you committed murder? No, it was not intentional or premeditated. Therefore, it cannot be considered murder by God’s standard.

However, these instances could very well be considered intentionally ending the life of another person:

    • Getting drunk and jumping behind the wheel of a car where you cause an collision that results in someone’s death.
    • Intentionally walking into an abortion clinic for the sole purpose of ending the life of a fetus.
    • Electrocuting a prisoner or injecting him with a poison to terminate his life.
    • Plotting a way to cause someone’s death.

All of those instances could be considered murder because we have a standard upon which to evaluate the action.

However, the woke crowd considers it righteous to save a whale, but wrong to try to save an unborn baby. It is wrong for conservatives to protest inside the U.S. capitol for six hours, but it is okay for liberals to literally take over the Wisconsin capitol for 17 days. It is “hate speech” to say anything negative about someone for their race or sexual orientation, but acceptable to condemn “white males” for acts committed by their ancestors.

“We recognize that telling humanity something is wrong just because a group of us – even a massive group of us – think it is, leaves us all flapping in the breeze of moral relativity,” Peter wrote. “The Nazis had majority support for their heinous views, after all.

“No, the only way morality can be absolute – that is, reliable enough to hold others accountable to it – is if there’s a Moral Law that exists outside all of us; something beyond our opinions and preferences,” he added.

Peter noted that mankind is internally wired to instinctively know that a moral code exists and that we need one. For Christians, that moral code is fixed, unmovable, absolute and reliable.

For the woke crowd, especially when seeking to punish people for actions that were acceptable to society many years ago, they are merely shifting goal posts based on popular opinion. We know how quickly popular opinion changes.

How long ago were police officers considered “heroes” who rushed into danger as other people fled? Today, a large percentage of people consider police to be unforgivable, murderous racists who deserve to be fired, defamed and defunded.

The goalposts changed as our fickle society changed.

Eventually, the cancel culture will end after the wrong person or people will be cancelled for the wrong reason and the entire charade is exposed for what it is — a lie

Just think of the Jews in Nazi Germany. According to the country’s popular culture at the time, it was acceptable to kill Jewish people just because of their religious beliefs. The Germans considered their actions to be nothing more than cancelling people who they felt were causing problems for their society.

Then, one day, the light of real truth dawned and the despicable practice was condemned because it could not hold up being compared to absolute truth.

You can read Peter Heck’s opinion column at

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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