Uncommon Sense

August 25, 2020

The Cancel Culture—Real or Imagined?

Filed under: Culture,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 11:43 am
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On the Vridar web site, Neil Godfrey was reviewing a compilation of essays in honor of biblical scholar Thomas L. Thompson.

He began with “Why a volume of essays in honour of Thomas L. Thompson? The opening paragraph of the Introduction explains (with my highlighting):

Thomas L. Thompson has been, for the past five decades, behind some of the – if not all – major changes in Old Testament historiography, if we consider that his criticism of the patriarchal narratives, the exodus and settlement and the United Monarchy were each at their own time forerunners of what later on would become accepted in the field (Thompson 1974, 1987, 1992, 1999).

See below for those four titles. The first, 1974, was met at the time with such opposition that it left him “unemployed and unemployable for ten years”. The 1992 work precipitated his expulsion from Marquette University.”

Thomas Thompson’s Significant Books (I have read the fourth.)

Historically, the largest exponent of the cancel culture has been organized religion. If your beliefs contradicted theirs, you lost your job, in Thompson’s case multiple times, or had a hard time finding a job, or you lost your freedom by being locked up, or even your life. (Burn, Heretic, burn!)

The telling feature in this case was that Thompson was being punished . . . for being right. His heretical opinions have become “accepted in the field.”


  1. Indeed yes, religions are the original cancel culture. In England, until about, oh, 1830 or so? Catholics couldn’t hold any political office until the so-called Catholic Relief Act. And even after that, you’d find few, if any, Catholics employed in any government offices in the UK. Tony Blair wanted to convert to catholicism for years, but felt he couldn’t until after he left office as prime minister. In my own life they were outrageously blatant about it when I was young. when I was a kid we weren’t permitted to participate at any events at the YMCA because it was a protestant organization. Nor could we go to weddings or funerals at Lutheran, Baptist or other protestant churches. Marriages between catholics and non-catholics was flat out forbidden by a lot of priests, or accepted only with very stringent conditions.

    The hypocrisy is strong with these people. They have no problem calling for boycotts, permitting believers to engage in prejudicial acts, refusing to render service to people they don’t like, but as soon as the same tactics are used against them, then they’re being discriminated against. Sigh…


    Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 25, 2020 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Fascinating culture that. Plowed every which way by rulers with rotating religions, the Brits still ended up with a state religion. And they are still paying the clerics substantial salaries!

      On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 2:46 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 25, 2020 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

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