The Bible and the Cult of Diversity

April 5, 2012

Reading through Proverbs, I was struck by these two similar verses, Proverbs 20:10 and 23:

Diverse weights and diverse measures,
They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord.


Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And dishonest scales are not good.

That is to say, if you’re a merchant selling produce by the pound, you shouldn’t have different weights all labeled “one pound”.  It would be a way of cheating your customers.

Of course the Bible isn’t just talking about merchants.

We’re accustomed to hearing “diversity” hailed as a great good these days, but as Mark Steyn and others have been pointing out, the cult of diversity has brought more inequality, not less:  We lose the fundamental principle of equality before the law when, for example, a man can be arrested for singing “Kung Fu Fighting” in a bar just because a Chinese passing by outside overhears it and is offended.  In other words, your right to sing a song without being arrested for it may depend on whether you’re Chinese (protected) or white (unprotected), and your “right” to have people arrested for causing you offense may likewise depend on whether you belong to a currently fashionable protected group or not.  Government affirmative-action policies would be another example of retrograde enforced inequality, different rights and privileges for different classes.  It’s not fair and it’s not right.

In my translation, that’s the only place the word “diverse” or “diversity” appears in the Bible.

5 Responses to “The Bible and the Cult of Diversity”

  1. LWSpotts Says:

    Could not agree with you more.

  2. Snoodickle Says:

    Two questions (1) if a private company chooses to implement a diversity program because it believes that it is good for business, is that wrong? (2) is the government allowed to remedy past discrimination, and if not, how is that fair?

    • Two questions:

      (1) If a private company chooses to discriminate against black people in hiring because it believes that it is good for business, is that wrong?

      (2) Define “remedy past discrimination”.

      • Snoodickle Says:

        You’re going to have to clarify number one. If you want to compare, as being equal grievances, giving someone credit in the hiring process because they come from a diverse background to not hiring that person solely because of the color of their skin, you should come right out and say it. I know you are a radical, but that would be a bold even for you.

        By two, I mean reverse the effects that past state discrimination had. In other words, put minorities in the position they would have been absent any past discrimination.

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