In an epic display of virtue-signaling, last year California banned state-funded travel to Kansas. Kansas’s sin was its failure to stay au courant with the always “evolving” progressive thinking, such as it is, on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender affairs.
At the risk of tautology, progressives, by definition, progress. Unlike old school liberals who could content themselves with a status quo, progressives move forward. They refuse to refuse to rest, refuse to reflect. That much said, few among them have any clue as to what their ultimate destination might be.
For all of their postmodern prattle about non-judgmentalism, progressives have proved quicker to judge and harsher in their judgments than the most spiteful Puritan divine. Indeed, theirs may well be the most judgmental, vengeful, unforgiving quasi-religious sect abroad in the western world today.
Now, San Diego State University has to pay the price. Literally. The athletic department had to secure private money to pay for the basketball team’s trip to Wichita for its first-round game against Houston in the NCAA Tournament.
Specifically, California put Kansas on its travel prohibition list for a reason that confirms all suspicions one might have about the sanity of the Golden State government. It seems that in 2016 former Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a common sense bill that allows campus religious groups to restrict membership to students who practice the religion in question. The nerve!
Prompting this bill was a California law that shut down Christian groups on campus that restricted their membership to Christians. California’s unseemly retaliation, however, seems to hurt its own residents more than it does Kansas. And Kansas is but one of eight states that California has deemed unworthy.
“We’ve dealt with this a couple of times,” said an SDSU athletics department spokesman. “It means we have to use non-state funds for any expenses that are incurred.”
Said Kansas Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, who sponsored the legislation and is now running for Congress, “I think there’s more evidence now that when we build the wall we need to build it up the California border.”