When you saw the title, you might have asked yourself “what does that mean?” Well, I’m here to tell you.
This is the road that America is currently travelling. Two major figureheads in American business have been ostracized, condemned, and cast down in the eyes of society for their views.
Wait for it….. In the name of “tolerance.”
What ridiculous treatment of both Brandon Eich, former CEO of Mozilla, and Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The severity of each case differs, but the treatment of each individual does not, and that should alarm any American who is really paying attention.
Brandon Eich was forced to resign after it was discovered that he donated $1,000 in support of the Proposition 8 cause in California in 2008. For those who do not recall, Prop 8 was a referendum on the definition of marriage; the proposal for a state constitutional amendment passed by popular vote, but was struck down by district court in Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
So Brandon Eich donated to a cause he believed in 6 years ago. Once the truth came to light, he was painted as an intolerant bigot who hated gays. But where in the record has he slandered gay people, or said he wanted to deprive them of life?
For a simple belief that he supported in 2008, Eich was punished severely by the culture.
Did Eich sound bigoted? Not really.
Has he called for execution of gays, as is practiced in places like Saudi Arabia? No.
So why was he so viciously stricken from society? Because the pendulum has swung to another extreme. Decades ago, the idea of equal rights for gays and straights was nearly unthinkable. Now, it has gone the other way, creating a kind of cultural protection that somehow makes them “more equal” than everyone else. Question their sexuality, you are automatically a bigot and deserve to be punished.
Many don’t know that President Obama held the same exact view as Eich did at the exact same time. Yet not a single cry of bigotry or discrimination against the President.
Then there is Donald Sterling, who was recently overheard saying racist comments in a private conversation.
Was what Sterling said racist? Yes.
Should he be so severely punished for a view? Not necessarily.
It is good to have a culture that promotes equality and justice for all, but is it really just to completely destroy a man over his beliefs? That is not tolerance, it’s censorship in a fascist style: silencing those who disagree with you.
If you don’t take the opinion of a white male well, maybe you should take that of two prominent black men who concur. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jason Whitlock both warned about the dangers of “mob rule” and the threats to privacy rights.
Are you alarmed by this yet? You should be.
Your freedom of speech and thought is under attack by the PC police, and the danger lies in that it is a cultural force.
Customs are much stronger than any law could ever be. In fact, laws are often molded out of custom.
For now, it is not illegal to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, or that one can dislike association with black people. How long though, until you can neither believe either of those things?
There is a higher principle at stake than “tolerance.” The entire foundation of freedom is what is under fire.
In a free nation, people will say things that you disagree with and that you do not like. Hell, they might even offend you!
But that does not provide cause to dispose of freedom, because freedom itself is an end which we all long for. Elimination of freedom of thought and speech from a culture leads to nowhere good, I can tell you that much.
(But that’s just from a white male).
Views expressed are not put forth or endorsed by Red Millennial.