Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, “rebuked” the Obama administration over appointing a “gay rights activist”, while muttering “we can expect anything” from the USA (Rodriguez must read history).
As the Catholic Church is still respected in that part of the world, the administration was forced to respond to Rodriguez. Embassy chief of staff Daniel Foote said, “America’s freedom of thought, freedom of religion, expression and lifestyle, is one of the greatest values” and “that freedom includes total diversity, which is the strongest and most important source for Americans.”
Our subject is Foote’s proposition “freedom includes total diversity”. It is false. Wrong. Untrue. Not so. It is at variance with reality. It is absurdly self-contradictory. It is an outrageous, bizarre, insane, apocalyptically stupid thing to say.
Nobody, not a soul believes in diversity, “total” or otherwise, even though they claim to. Nobody should, either, because it is an appalling idea.
Just think. If Foote was right and “total diversity” was our goal, then, as Cole Porter sung to us, anything goes. Any behavior or expression is acceptable under the banner of “total diversity”. Any.
This includes a man saying and believing “Total diversity is asinine.” This includes a man slitting Dan Foote’s throat while singing Federally-recognized-holiday-of-December-25th-which-shall-remain-nameless carols. This includes a man naming that holy day at a school assembly. This includes forcing everybody else to say it. This includes a man joining in wedded bliss his goat—and then the sweater made from the creature after the goat passes. The “freedom” of “total diversity” includes locking up whoever you can overpower, removing their freedom, and torturing them by making Nancy Pelosi their cellmate.
J.S. Mill’s “experiments in living” aren’t in it. Why, even given all the money of the federal government, which loves us and wants our happiness, we could not explore every possible behavior to fulfill the stern requirements of “diversity.” For one, many diverse behaviors will end up killing off a good number of folks before they get to wander down their own avenues. For another, “diversity” requires we remove the government. People given the “freedom” of “diversity” cannot be ruled.
“Diversity” must be, in the whole history of philosophical ideas, the dumbest. Strain yourself—read Foucault, Dan Brown, even the op-ed page of the New York Times—but you will never discover anything stupider. “Diversity” cannot mean what it says. Except for the rankest, vilest, evilest anarchist, it is an impossibility that anybody can be “for” “diversity”.
Prove this to yourself. Let’s have a “Diversity Day” where, following ancient law and custom, those of unusual “orientations” are stoned to death. Let he who is without diversity withhold the first stone! Let’s put women “in their place” and require them to remain silent unless spoken to. Let’s expose those infants who hold a mother from her career and all the monetary possibilities that entails. Wait: I suppose we already do that one. So let’s instead, in the name of diversity and as used to be done, imprison these killers.
Again,”diversity” cannot mean diversity. It cannot mean “letting anybody do what they want.” It cannot even mean “letting anybody do what they want unless it hurts somebody else.” If that were so, all I have to do is claim that whatever you’re doing hurts me to stop you from doing it.
“Diversity” must be an Orwellian code-word to express a set of behaviors an individual finds acceptable and a set of behaviors the individual finds reprehensible. If you disagree with that, then you must, under pains of being against “diversity”, support those who are against (for example) same-sex marriage. You must also support those who are for it.
It is impossible to be simultaneously for and against the same thing: the best you can do is vacillate between extremes, now accepting a behavior, now condemning it. You must not, and can never, settle on any fixed opinion. To do so means abandoning “diversity.” Once you stake a position in anything, you have made yourself an enemy of “diversity.”
Thus “diversity” (as code word) can only mean “Believe this or else.” Cardinal Rodriguez is right to be worried.