By Quin Hillyer at The Washington Examiner;

In light of Google’s self-parodying firing of a worker who criticized the tech company for not allowing alternative thoughts, please forgive me for sharing some of the things I believe despite the counter-ethos of the cowardly, vengeful Left.

I believe human gender is determined at birth (except in the extremely rare case of a hermaphrodite born alive), and that Chiffon Margarine was right that “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” But I don’t care one bit about how somebody acts sexually in private, as long as they “don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.” I further believe, however, that God might care how we behave – but that’s an issue between the person involved and God, and therefore none of my business.

My only responsibility is to treat everybody with dignity and respect unless they treat me or others without those courtesies.

I believe it is incontrovertible that, on average, there are innate differences between men and women, even apart from their private “equipment.” On average, men are stronger. On average, women’s fine-motor coordination skills are better. On average, women’s minds tend to activate neuro-pathways from many brain regions on just about any subject, while men’s brains tend to keep each subject at immediate issue “more tightly coordinated within local brain regions.”

And the list of differences goes on. This doesn’t mean that every male is stronger than every female, or every female can do calligraphy better than every male.

And the list of differences goes on. This doesn’t mean that every male is stronger than every female, or every female can do calligraphy better than every male. Each person should be judged on individual characteristics, not on their gender. But to pretend that gender differences in the aggregate don’t exist is to put ideology over reality.

I believe in free speech, and in a community’s right to ostracize anyone who flagrantly, rudely abuses that freedom. I believe we all should strive to be polite and considerate of others’ opinions, but that if we unknowingly, unintentionally offend another, nobody should make a federal case of it. I believe the term “micro-aggression” is one of the silliest words yet invented, and that if you can’t bear what you call micro-aggressions then you aren’t an emotionally-balanced adult….

[The full column is here.]

 

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