We live in a time when tolerance is just a one-way street. Those who clamor loudest for tolerance are the most intolerant people around if they are offended – which happens often these days. To wit, the recent story involving the Covington kids.
Every year thousands of Americans come to Washington, D. C. in the frigid cold to participate in the March for Life. Every year they are treated to a virtual media blackout (except for Fox News) – and except for this year because of the false narrative involving the Covington kids.
For those who have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, here is what happened. On January 18, 2019, a small group of high schoolers from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were in Washington to participate in the pro-life march. They visited the Lincoln Memorial, wearing their MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) Trump hats.
Some black protesters affiliated with a cult called the Black Hebrew Israelites repeatedly regaled them with profanities and vile insults. Then a Native-American man banging a drum walked up to the boys. One of the boys, Nick Sandmann, did not move. He stood his ground and smiled at the Indian, Nathan Phillips. But did he smirk?
CNN commentator Reza Aslan sniped, “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
Anne Helen Peterson, a writer at the now-discredited BuzzFeed, compared an image of Sandmann’s “smirk” with one of Brett Kavanaugh and tweeted, “One theme of the conversations over the past 24 hours = how deeply familiar this look is. It’s the look of white patriarchy…”
Writing for the Chicago Tribune (1/22 /19), John Kass notes, “The boys were wrongfully and publicly accused of confronting Native American activist Nathan Phillips, because that was what was highlighted on a short video of the event that went viral. But it turned out the aggressors were Phillips himself, pounding his drum and singing loudly within inches of a Covington boy’s face, and several Black Hebrew Israelite protesters shouting horrible racist insults at the boys.”
Of course, the media is a major part of the problem – in their rush to judgment against the Covington kids, whose major “crime” was wearing Trump hats and participating in a pro-life activity…and, of course, Sandmann’s smile (or was it a smirk)?
The Wall Street Journal wrote in an opinion piece about the Covington kids: “Of the most culturally deplorable boxes one can check in progressive America in 2019, the boys of Covington Catholic High School have most of them: white, male, Christian, attendees at the annual March for Life in Washington, and wearers of MAGA hats. What’s not to dislike?”
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Source: Christian Headlines