Let’s be clear: Brendan Eich, the newly-appointed CEO of Mozilla, was not condemning homosexuality — he was defending a traditional concept of marriage.
But this is what it’s come to: The Thought Police of America are calling the shots, targeting their victims, and making their kill.
Who will be next? Will we discover that some other captain of industry dislikes Eskimos, or mistreats his dog, or utters the ‘N word’ on his private jet?
This all began, of course, with Political Correctness — the rallying cry of squeaky-clean zealots who wanted to protect every sentient human being from psychic pain and emotional distress, from discomfort and embarrassment. We always knew that sticks and stones were harmful, but then we were told that words also wound. And beyond verbal abuse, our moral watchdogs are now saying that personal thoughts and beliefs are dangerous too!
So disarm the thinker! Defame his character and fire him.
The punishment today for “wrong thinking” exceeds even the punishment that used to be levied against adulterers. A man could cheat on his wife, support a mistress, conceive a child out of wedlock and still stay in office, or eventually return. Where is the brave organization that will hire Mr. Eich now that he has been “outed”?
Part of the problem lies with our electronic communications, which in mere minutes can relay information, true or false. An individual can be criticized, vilified, sabotaged or slandered in a few well-timed, well-placed strokes on the keyboard. No one has found a way to prevent or repair this kind of damage.
And somehow, the voices of anger are always louder than the voices of reason, which grow silent through a sense of fear or exasperation.
How many heterosexual Americans, given a secret ballot, would actually support gay marriage?
How many adult Americans, raised in a traditional family, would agree that two fathers or two mothers are just as good as a mother-father combo?
Very few, I suspect, but dare they express their opinion in the current PC climate, and be labeled as intolerant and discriminatory?
The awful irony, of course, is that while the Thought Police are striving to sanitize everyone they are actually fouling the air and poisoning our lives, with a subtle, pervasive reign of terror.
So — who will be next after Mr. Eich to lose his job?
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