Update: Consider how many people who identify as pro-choice agree with pro-life positions on specific topics, then consider how radical the Democrat’s platform is (unrestricted taxpayer-funded abortions at any time, including “partial-birth abortions”/infanticide).
Many media types, politicians and false teachers reflexively use the “extremist” label against conservatives and say we’re being divisive. Apparently that is easier than addressing the issues and arguments themselves, but it seems more like a concession speech to me.
Read CNN: making it illegal to kill girls for being girls is “divisive” for the latest example. Let’s see: nearly four out of 5 people think gender-selection and partial-birth abortions should be illegal, but we’re the extremists? It seems to me that killing a female human being for the sole reason that she is a female human being is pretty extreme — especially when those in favor of it being legal are accusing us of waging a war on women. Being divisive is good when one of the options is so deadly.
Granted, some people are extremists and unnecessarily divisive, such as Democrat Fred Phelps*.
But those who hyperventilate about the “radical right” (or “extremists,” “fundie nutjobs,” “wacky fundies,” or other eloquent terms of endearment) are either disingenuous or really bad at math, because the majority of Americans share our views on the most controversial topics. Consider this by Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason:
A poll of readers of the L.A. Times once showed that, in the area of abortion, prayer, in school, homosexuality and traditional family values, the majority of Americans agree with so-called “extreme fundamentalists.” 70% of Americans believe that the traditional family structure is always best; 76% favor prayer in public schools; 55% are against legalized abortion; 61% think that homosexual relations are always wrong. These are the views of the “radical right,” but these are also the views of a majority of rank and file Americans.
Let that bolster your confidence, the next time you’re being marginalized for your conservative moral values. The “radical right” isn’t so radical. It’s actually mainstream.
If we’re so extreme, why have citizens in over 30 states voted to maintain the original meaning of marriage? This issue has never lost at the ballot box. If they think we’re so extreme, why don’t they just use their faux majority to elect legislators to legalize partial-birth abortion and such? Then they wouldn’t need judges to ignore their duties and make up their own laws.
The “extremist” label is just a cheap way to attack the person and not the arguments, just like they do with the passive-aggressive “intolerant” label (Because whoever yells intolerant first must be the kind, tolerant one – right?).
I submit that if the media, entertainment and education establishments weren’t so outrageously biased the numbers would shift even further to the right. For example, consider that 90% or more of the media are die-hard pro-choicers and they do everything in their power to spin stories in their favor. Yet the population is still split pretty evenly on the topic and the pro-choice % is shrinking — and the more clearly survey questions are worded the more pro-life the results are.
The only way you can categorize majority views as the radical right is if you are perched comfortably on the radical left.
* Yes, Democrat Fred Phelps is a Democrat. Did I mention that he’s a Democrat and not a Republican? Because he is. A Democrat.