If using the most powerful government in the world to force people to violate their conscience isn't "social justice," what is?
From that hilarious Reno News-Gazette story that was formerly headlined:
Fluke Takes Center Stage In Reno
We learned that taking center stage means that a whopping 10 people showed up in the parking lot of the Sak ‘N’ Save in North Reno to hear activist Sandra Fluke campaign for Barack Obama.
Anyway, the caption read:
Sandra Fluke, a social justice advocate and campaign surrogate for Democratic President Barack Obama, speaks in Reno on Saturday.
As Jonah Goldberg put it over at NRO:
What exactly makes her a social justice advocate, other than the fact that what she actually advocates doesn’t sound nearly as glamorous so journalists are eager to wrap it in a euphemism.
As those who’ve read my recent book know, the use of “social justice” to paper-over leftwingery is a particular gripe of mine (though hardly mine alone). In this case it’s especially vexing because A) it’s supposed to be a neutral description and B) the term is generally understood to have religious, particularly Catholic, connotations. And yet this one woman’s fame is derived almost entirely by her determination to work against the policies of the Catholic Church.
I can't stand the term "social justice" because of the inherent unkindness in the phrase. I mean, if you think that the same aim is better accomplished through different legislation or a different policy approach, you're basically tarred as being for social "injustice."
But of all the people in the world who might legitimately be called, euphemistically, advocates for "social justice," the woman who specifically enrolled in a Catholic law school to take its Catholic policies on the sanctity of human life down? Well, I wouldn't use that phrase.