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Adam Lee points out that Christian conservatives are the real snowflakes, beginning with Oklahoma Wesleyan University president Everett Piper and his 2015 editorial called "This is Not a Day Care, It's a University!" "Our culture has actually taught our kids to be," Piper claims, "self-absorbed and narcissistic:"

Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them "feel bad" about themselves, is a "hater," a "bigot," an "oppressor," and a "victimizer."

Lee notes that, despite Piper's indignation, Oklahoma Wesleyan is "a private Christian college that puts far more and harsher restrictions on its students than any of the places he's criticizing:"

It's not just Oklahoma Wesleyan that indulges in this hypocrisy. This recent article in the New Republic is a timely reminder that, for all the hand-wringing over no-platforming and students protesting controversial speakers, there are hundreds of conservative religious colleges that are openly intolerant of differing views and have been suppressing speech for far longer and on a much grander scale.

Incidents at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Wheaton College, Liberty University are mentioned, and Pensacola Christian College, Lee says, "exercises a draconian, North Korea-like authority over its students' lives:"

It doesn't end with the colleges, either. Don't forget the "Benedict Option", a call for Christians to withdraw from the world and form their own isolated, ideologically enclosed communities where they don't have to deal with a culture they can no longer control.

Most of all, there's Christianity's longstanding support for book-burnings, blasphemy laws and other theocratic intrusions into everyday life. What is the purpose of this censorship, if not to turn all of society into a "safe space" for them and their ideas?

This long history of censorship shows that religious conservatives are and have always been "snowflakes", in the pejorative sense of the word - people whose worldview is so fragile that they immediately melt in the face of criticism, whose overriding desire is to go through life swaddled in a protective cocoon so they never have to see, hear or think about anything they disagree with. And if they do get unexpectedly confronted by criticism, they're swift to cry persecution and claim that they're the victims of bigotry against their beliefs. (But remember, Everett Piper mocked students who claim to be victims any time their feelings are hurt!)

In addition to noting that Religious Correctness is far more pervasive than Political Correctness, I also suggest that there might be more than a little bit of projection involved in the rabid anti-PC denunciations conservative Christians...

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