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Conservatives in America Like Marranos in Medieval Spain
Townhall ^ | 9-5-17 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 09/05/2017 10:08:10 AM PDT by DeweyCA

For those unfamiliar with the term, Marranos was the name given to Jews in medieval Spain, especially in the fifteenth century during the Spanish Inquisition, who secretly maintained their Judaism while living as Catholics in public.

There is, of course, no Spanish Inquisition in America today – no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake. But there are millions of Marrano-like Americans: Americans who hold conservative views – especially those who hold to conservative positions on social issues and those who voted for Donald Trump for president.

Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear being ostracized by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, losing their job, and being unable to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that coming out as conservative or pro-Trump is not worth the persecution they would.

In terms of the percentage of the population affected, there is no parallel in American history. Coming out as a homosexual prior to the 1960s-70s, or publicly announcing that one was member of the Communist Party in the 1950s would have often led to similar dire consequences in one’s social, work and family life. But gays and Communist Party members comprised a tiny percentage of the American population. And one of them, Communists, supported true evil.

I wish I could share all the emails sent to me from professional musicians who play in some of the premier orchestras of America. They wrote to me following the nationally publicized attempts by left-wing members of the orchestra and of the Santa Monica city government to prevent me from conducting: they publicly called on members of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra to refuse to play, and members of the public to refuse to attend, when I conducted a Haydn symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall three weeks ago.

These emails were written to encourage me, and to tell me how they are compelled to hide their conservative views – how they live, in effect, as Marranos.

A violist with one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country (I figured out which orchestra using the Internet; she was afraid to tell even me) wrote to me last week about how quiet she is about her conservatism. While she could not be fired for it, she said, she would be socially ostracized within the orchestra with which she has played for decades.

Another middle-aged professional musician told me that he wears his hair very long in order to appear hippie-like as a decoy to camouflage his conservative politics. He is no more likely to tell fellow musicians that he supports President Trump than a Marrano in medieval Spain would have gone public with his Jewish beliefs.

And here’s part of an email to me from a musician in Minnesota: “I was a professional musician from the age of 17. I wanted you to know that I, too, lost my career because of my views. My choice, actually; I just could no longer take the abuse.”

I’m fortunate. As a radio talk-show host and columnist, I’m paid to express my opinions. And as to my avocation of conducting orchestras, I’m lucky there, too. Because the permanent conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony and the orchestra’s board remained principled, and because so many people support me and my values, the efforts to thwart me failed. Disney Hall, all 2,000-plus seats, was sold out – a first for a community orchestra in that venue.

Of course, American conservative Marranos don’t only live in the world of music. They are in every profession. We know about the high-profile cases, the conservatives whose careers have been ruined by saying the “wrong” thing or supporting the “wrong” candidate or ballot proposition; we know about the conservative speakers who have been physically attacked and prevented from speaking on college campuses. But we don’t know about the millions who are just afraid to speak up, who remain silent in a business meeting or at a dinner party when someone casually expresses a view that they strongly disagree with. These Americans live in fear, legitimately so in many cases, that if they do speak out, there will be severe consequences – a job lost, a promotion not given, even a child who will no longer speak to them.

This is all new in our country.

Had anyone ever predicted that in America – the land renowned more than any other for liberty and free speech – the word “Marrano” would ever accurately characterize any of its citizens, let alone close to half the voting population, that individual would have been regarded as a charlatan.

But, given the intolerance and hatred on the left and its dominance over almost every area of American life, such an individual would have been a prophet.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: censorship; intolerance; tolerance
This seems to be kind of a companion article to the one that I posted earlier about how conservatives have to hide their opinions in Silicon Valley. I have two liberal sisters. They have NO idea what it's like to live in a world of Political Correctness, where you don't dare express your true opinions. It is amazing that conservatism has survived as well as it has.
1 posted on 09/05/2017 10:08:10 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: DeweyCA

[ They have NO idea what it’s like to live in a world of Political Correctness, where you don’t dare express your true opinions. It is amazing that conservatism has survived as well as it has. ]

A constant pressure can forge a diamond!


2 posted on 09/05/2017 10:11:19 AM PDT by GraceG ("It's better to have all the Right Enemies, than it is to have all the Wrong Friends.")
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There is, of course, no Spanish Inquisition in America today – no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake.

Seems to me in Chi-cago a few months back there was a young man who was kidnapped held and tortured, his tortures streamed it live on facebook and said it was because he supported Donald Trump.

So the first has happened and the second is coming.

3 posted on 09/05/2017 10:16:25 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Not a Romantic, not a hero worshiper and stop trying to tug my heartstrings. It tickles! (pink bow))
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To: DeweyCA

Living as a Trump supporter in left wing Californicator Land means if you want your family, home and friends to be safe!:

You don’t wear MAGA Hats or shirts, have no Trump signs on your lawn, and have no MAGA Trump signs on your vehicles.

If you wear Trump gear and go to Berkeley, San Jose, UC Davis, anywhere in La Raza (used to be LA), you might get arrested for denting an Antifa baseball bat with your head.


4 posted on 09/05/2017 10:24:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Did voting for Trump for President, make 62+ million of us into Deplorable Racists/Nazis? NO! NADA!)
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"There is, of course, no Spanish Inquisition in America today – no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake."

Really??


5 posted on 09/05/2017 10:25:54 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: DeweyCA

Diversity in everything but opinions.


6 posted on 09/05/2017 10:45:20 AM PDT by omega4412
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Folks in this part of the country have been living that life for so long they can’t remember any other way.

The liberals don’t get that there can’t be real community and there can’t be real public discourse if some opinions are banned or shunned.


7 posted on 09/15/2017 3:38:15 AM PDT by cgbg (Hidden behind the social justice warrior mask is corruption and sexual deviance.)
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