Social justice has come for the NHL. And Ron MacLean, fresh off of throwing his broadcasting partner and better half Don Cherry under the bus, has bought in 100%.
During the intermission of Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday on Sportsnet, MacLean addressed his guests, Kwame Mason and Tara Slone:
Don Cherry’s name has been taken off of the Western Hockey League’s “Suits up” fundraising project. On Friday night the Edmonton Oil Kings held an event that has previously been advertised with his name.
For the two previous seasons, the event was called “Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation.”
CTV News reported that this year they have changed the name to “Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation.” This will be the wording for the game between the Oil Kings and the Prince Albert Raiders on January 17
For the promotion, the players trade their regular jerseys for suit-themed ones that resemble the suits Don Cherry is famous for wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.
Cherry was recently fired from the program for his controversial comments regarding people not wearing poppies.
He said, “You people … that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Cherry also made an announcement letting people know that he will not be coaching the Canadian Hockey League prospects game. The game is an annual event that Cherry has been involved in since 1996 along with his good friend and hockey legend—Bobby Orr.
The WHL has 17 “Suits up” games being played from January to March. The games help fund the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In the first two years of the events, they have raised close to $500,000 for the charity.
Language manipulation is an important thought control strategy used in cults–as well as in the Social Justice movement. Cult researcher and psychiatrist Robert Lifton calls this strategy “loading the language”. Being required to learn complex terminology, like we see in Scientology, affects members in a number of ways.
First, the need to translate everything into group jargon forces members to self-censor. It also slows down any criticism or opposition that they might otherwise have expressed.
Let’s see how this applies to social justice. For starters, if you’ve ever hesitated to say anything (including neutral or positive comments) about a protected group because you weren’t sure of the politically correct name for the group, you have experienced this effect. Many of us lament the constantly changing politically correct terms and how difficult it is to keep track of them; this is not accidental.
If you’re focused on trying to remember if the appropriate term is gay or homosexual or queer or LGBT or LGBTQ+, you’ll be paying less attention to the meat of the conversation. This will tax your ability to think critically about that new sex-ed curriculum or new legislation or the latest event that dresses kids in drag. And if you’re worried that you’ll offend someone because you’re unsure of the correct term, you’ll likely decide not to say anything at all.
And of course, you should be nervous. This strategy works in close conjunction with the strategy of social punishment–it’s not uncommon to see people socially shamed for use of an incorrect term, even by someone with good intentions.
Inducing censorship and shutting down spontaneous criticism is only one purpose of loading the language. The type of language used is also an important method in thought reform.
Another method is the strategy of creating new definitions for commonly used words. For example, the term “violence”. There are two definitions of this term. One is the English definition, as used by the general public:
Violence: the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy
The other is the definition used by social justice:
Violence: Any speech or action opposed to the ideals of social justice
Nearly everyone is opposed to violence under the English definition. However, not everyone is opposed to the publication of articles or ideas that criticize the ideals of social justice. So, the movement simply reframes criticism as “violence”, and then well-meaning people jump to their defense. (Much like the use of the term “hidden crimes” to mean criticism of Scientology.)
Let’s call this the Shield & Sword technique. First, the movement hides behind the traditional, unassailable definition of violence–the Shield. Then, they attack using the new definition–the Sword–and move to ban the critical speaker or article, calling it violence. This is how Antifa justifies physical violence in response to words and speakers.
Then, if anyone criticizes the operation under the new definition, they return to the old definition, using it as a shield. So how, exactly, is the old definition used as a defense? Well, if there are no examples of actual physical violence, an alternative method is to suggest that the criticisms will lead to violence.
Another strategy is to use words that are commonly related to violence. In this recent story, Jameela Jamil accused Candace Owens of “inciting mocking” of trans people. This use of the word “incite” makes Owens’ statement sound closely related to violence.
Of course, if we take a minute to think about it, “inciting mocking” actually means “saying something that might lead other people to make fun of them”. However, in day to day communication, we’re not able to stop and question the meaning of every single word we hear or use. This is how cults–and social justice–use language to shut down critical thinking.
In my last article, I mentioned how publications and critics of social justice are often given labels such as “alt-right”, “racist”, “phobic”, or “misogynistic”–thus immediately stopping would-be readers from viewing outside information critical of social justice. This is an extension of the Sword & Shield technique I mentioned earlier; the traditional definition of these words are things that reasonable people find abhorrent, such as judging people for the colour of their skin, or hatred of women or gay people. However, they are then applied to any idea or publication that criticizes any part of social justice. This strategy of language loading is then combined with the technique of social blacklisting to prevent cult members from even considering accessing outside information.
Some of these definitions get a little silly when you actually think about how they’re used, versus what the English words mean. For example:
English definition: Mass murder
Social justice definition: Practices that cause the decline of a people’s culture (excluding whites), such as the decline of their art or language
Right to exist
English definition: Right to life, right to be protected from murder
Social justice definition: A man’s right to be called a woman; a man’s right to access women’s spaces and services
English definition: Hatred of women
Social justice: Opposed to special treatment for women (eg affirmative action hiring programs); advocate for men’s issues; pro-life
Social justice definition: A woman who is opposed to special treatment for women; a woman who advocates for men’s issues; a woman who is pro-life; a woman who criticizes another woman who is advocating for social justice
This last example, internally misogynistic, also illustrates a technique which protects the cult from holes in their logic. In my next article, I’ll explain how a cult’s ideology is always protected from criticism, and can never change. If social justice doctrine is ever found to be internally inconsistent or immoral, it will protect the doctrine–usually by pointing out why the critic or cult member is at fault.
Team Canada trailed for much of the finals of the World Junior gold medal match against Russia on Sunday, but the managed to come back from a two-goal deficit in the third and win in a dramatic finish with a final score of 4 to 3.
Russia opened the scoring midway through the second period on the power-play with a tipped puck by Nikita Alexandrov.
But Russia got into penalty trouble later in the second with two players getting called on penalties. Team Canada managed to score with the two-man advantage.
The tie didn’t last long, though. Russia scored again before the end of the second period.
At the end of the second, right at the buzzer, Russian player Yegor Zamula took a penalty against Canada’s captain.
In the third Russia would briefly take a two-goal lead before Canada’s Connor McMichael would score to get within one again, after failing to score on a breakaway attempt earlier in the last period.
Team Canada’s captain came through with less than nine minutes of play, scoring a goal at the start of a powerplay.
And with four minutes left Team Canada finally took the lead for the first time in the game, and then never looked back.
Near the end of the game both teams took penalties and it was 4-on-4 play, resulting in a nail-biter finish and Team Canada just holding on to its lead.
Team Canada only won two championships at the World Juniors in the last decade compared to five back-to-back championships in the 2000s, but they start this new decade with gold again.
This is the second article in a series on how the social justice movement uses the same manipulation strategies as those used by cults. Read the first article here.
One of the most well-known cult manipulation strategies is control of the member’s environment. Cult members go off to live in an isolated commune, like the Rajneeshees in Netflix’s documentary, Wild Wild Country. Spending all of one’s time in an environment completely controlled by the cult reduces the ability of cult members to question cult doctrine or consider outside norms or information.
We can see this by looking at how social justice permeates universities, the public school system, the mainstream news, entertainment, social media, Google, and YouTube. Any ideology that is, in fact, able to control these institutions will gain enormous control over a person’s daily life and beliefs—a key strategy used by cults. But, unlike a cult member who moves to a commune, it’s less detectable as to what is happening.
Control of Schools & Universities
First, let’s look at schools and universities, and how social justice has permeated students’ daily environments. For example, the Ryerson University student union was torn apart over an on-campus brunch event in which a non-Indigenous student sang Colors of the Wind from the Disney movie Pocahontas. This incident lead to the resignation of a member of the student union.
Yes, the race of the person who sang a Disney song mattered enough for a student union rep to resign. These are the representatives elected by students.
Or, consider the University of British Columbia, and the fact that their Equity and Inclusion office has a staff of 24 people. That’s 24 people on staff to promote social justice on campus. For perspective, this is a fifth of the size of the entire engineering department, which has a staff of 115 people.
Or look to Humber College, where the literary editor for the Humber Literary Review was fired for supporting the free speech rights of gender critical feminists. We’re beyond the point where opposition to social justice is a fireable offense on a university campus. Now merely supporting the rights of critics to speak is enough to get yourself fired.
Keep in mind, these examples were not mere spats among over-zealous student activists. This is the student union, the equity and inclusion office, and the school paper; these are the campus institutions that determine which events and ideas all students are exposed to. One of the strategies of environmental control is providing a series of rewards and punishments to cult members based on compliance with cult goals and doctrine. As we can see, there are plenty of jobs available for people who support social justice; those who dissent lose their jobs. Also keep in mind that these are only the latest incidents, covering the past month.
The ideas of social justice are also being taught to elementary school and high school students. These lessons go far beyond what is needed to prevent bullying of marginalized students, or to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Ontario schools are directing students to soft porn (links have titles like “fisting” and “fucking ass”). They’re also using videos where a teddy bear teaches children about medical gender transitioning. Another school gave a 6-year-old an existential crisis by teaching her that “there is no such thing as girls and boys”. Quebec parents who are concerned about the possibility of their children learning about these ideas are told that sex education is mandatory, beginning in kindergarten, and parents are not given any options to dissent or pull their child out. Recently a UK school instructed 6-year-olds to imagine they were a gay man and write a love letter proposing marriage to another man. And according to a photo posted by this Twitter user, a high school in Toronto is demonizing the political right while glorifying social justice.
Control of News Media
Next let’s look at the mainstream media and how they’re promoting the ideology of social justice. For example, how did the mainstream media cover the recent murder of transgender woman Julie Berman?
Not surprisingly, the mainstream media like the Globe and Mail and the CBC focus on Berman’s identity as a transgender woman and transgender rights activist, painting her murder as an act of transphobia. The Independent adds, “trans and gender non-conforming people are forced to endure unprecedented levels of violence around the world.”
But The Post Millennial looked into the killer’s social media history. In fact, he shared posts supporting LGBT rights and social justice positions, there were even posts where he identified as genderless and depicted himself in woman’s dress.
Given their similarities in terms of gender identity and politics, it’s unlikely that this tragedy had anything to do with gender non-conformity. In fact, it is likely a tragic but run-of-the-mill case of violence committed by someone close to the victim.
But will this new information be promoted by the mainstream media? The LGBT community has been reeling with news of the murder of one of their own. Don’t they deserve the comfort of knowing that this murder likely wasn’t born of transphobia, that it’s little different from murders committed against the broader population? Letting trans people continue to believe this was a case of transphobic violence isn’t support—it’s cruelty.
However, a key tenant of social justice is to promote all trans people as oppressed, rather than viewing them as individuals. We saw the same approach with the CBC’s story painting Jessica Yaniv as a victim, rather than covering the multiple allegations against Yaniv for pedophilia or Yaniv’s arrest for illegal weapons. These stories only provide two examples, but readers of The Post Millennial will be highly familiar with the way the mainstream media promotes the ideas of social justice while ignoring facts that complicate or refute the narrative.
The environmental control started by the mainstream media is further propagated by Big Tech. The stories that push against the social justice narrative are covered by independent media, journalists, and YouTubers. But, these independent sources are deranked by YouTube and Google, making them harder to find. Worse, critics are completely deplatformed. Andy Ngo was suspended from twitter for reporting true facts that refuted the narrative of transphobic violence. Meanwhile, Megan Murphy was banned from Twitter for tweets that stated “men aren’t women”.
Thus, the majority of people are insulated from news that cover ideas contrary to that of social justice. But the environmental control doesn’t stop there.
Control of Entertainment
Turning off the news and relaxing with some TV won’t give you a break from our social justice-controlled environment. For an idea of just how complete this control of environment is, consider Netflix’s shows about conservative characters—the people, who, if portrayed accurately, would be actively opposed to all teachings of social justice.
Consider The Ranch, a drama about working-class, Republican ranchers struggling to stay afloat. These are the Americans who voted to build the wall. In a show that might feature characters losing jobs or having their wages driven down by illegal immigration, instead we see the protagonists saddened and angered by the deportation of an old friend. Meanwhile, the protagonist is horrified upon hearing that his one-night stand plans to have an abortion, saying “‘bortion is wrong”. However, his mother quickly steps in to teach him that it’s the woman’s choice and his responsibility is to support her in whatever she decides. Having been corrected of his grave error, he dutifully agrees.
Or consider Insatiable, a story set in the Bible belt, following Patty, a teenage pageant competitor, and her pageant coach, Bob. In the show, Bob is happily married with two children, when his nemesis kisses him, awakening feelings he didn’t know he had. He then declares soulfully that he can’t be happy unless he, his wife, and his boyfriend all have a relationship together. After they reject the idea, we watch Bob’s teenage son help him jump into the poly-amorous dating world. The broody teen was originally furious with his father for destroying his family, but apparently, he’s all on board in the name of helping his father have sex with multiple strangers at once.
And let’s not forget the scene when Patty has a pregnancy scare and turns to Bob for advice. Rather than have a conversation about her feelings and options, he announces that as a man, he has no right to tell her what to do with her body. Did I mention that the show is set in the Bible belt? The above events occur alongside a baptism, pageant competitions run by the pastor, and songs about Jesus.
In sum, social justice has enormous control over our daily environments and the information and norms we experience, in much the same way cults control their member’s daily environments. Of course, this short article only provides a handful of examples in each category. For those who are interested in a much fuller proof of the extent of social justice in our daily lives, I recommend Douglas Murray’s book, The Madness of Crowds. Reading alternate sources such as The Post Millennial, True North or The Western Standard are also a good way to get out of your bubble. Unless, of course, you’ve been told that these books and sources are alt-right, far-right, or phobic—and thus, you will steer clear of them before ever evaluating them for yourself. This is yet another method cults use to control their members – which I will cover in further detail next week.