Our Society Is Reverent, After All

It is good to know that even in today’s anything-goes age, some things are inviolate. Like the “Pride” flag. (If anyone ever explains why being “queer”–their word, not one that I would ever use–is something to be proud of, let me know.) Thus we have kids being arrested for riding their scooters across a Pride flag that was…painted on a street:


A sane person would say, if you don’t want people driving on your religious symbol, don’t put it on a street. But sanity is in short supply these days.

And let’s not forget that religious symbols other than the Pride flag are routinely desecrated, not because they were on a public thoroughfare but because a liberal gratuitously wanted to insult them.

But in today’s world, it is dangerous to cross the “Pride” contingent. Thus, almost unbelievably, the company that manufactured the scooters that the kids rode across the Pride flag has swung into action:

Lime condemns and takes action on the vandalism of the Spokane Pride mural, with scooters from the company being used to create skid marks on the mural.
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In response, Lime is working to ban the suspects from using their vehicles and immediately made the area of the mural a ‘no-ride zone.’
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“Lime is taking immediate action against the perpetrators and doubling down on our support of Spokane Pride and Spokane Arts.”

Wow. Talk about religious fundamentalism! Lime is going to “ban the suspects” from using Lime vehicles in the future! Actually, I have no idea how they would go about doing that. I suppose anyone can buy, or ride, a Lime scooter. But the totalitarian impulse is dangerous even when, for the moment, at least, it can’t be acted upon. And it is just about impossible to imagine a company taking similar action against someone who used its product to desecrate (if that is in fact what happened here) any other religious symbol.

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