I believe it is accurate to state that the so-called Benedict Option as promoted by Rod Dreher had its genesis from about the time of the Brendan Eich brouhaha -- at which time Dreher concluded that the culture was lost and it was time to carry out a "strategic withdrawal" from the culture at large. Keith summarized Dreher's moral cowardice here on EQE at the time, pointing out that even Dreher's good buddy Andrew Sullivan called Dreher a coward:
And the only way to distinguish yourself from these hateful factions [those who persecute gays] is to make a positive case for your position. That's always possible. From the very beginnings of our faith, Christians have made such a positive case, even as they were being thrown to the lions. And Rod won't do it because someone might say something mean at the office!
Sarah Palin agreed with Andrew Sullivan. In response to which Dreher doubled down, making an argument from anecdote by referring to religious conservatives in academia being afraid to disclose their own beliefs about same sex marriage without risking their career.
Hence the Benedict Option, because there just isn't room for Christian conservatives in the larger culture.
Fast forward to last week, specifically the inmates taking control of the asylums of the U of Missouri, Yale, Claremont McKenna, et al., following which Dreher exhorts academic authorities to show some backbone:
Why are you people so afraid? I don't understand.
Strike back, empire. and strike hard.
That's Our Hero: asking others to do something that he wouldn't dream of doing. Picking fights for others, just like good ol' Wimpy:
And fair warning to those about to embark on the Benedict Option -- you'll be on your own, as far as its creator is concerned.