Skip to comments.Dissent on a One-Way Street
Posted on 04/04/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
Six years ago, Brendan Eich contributed $1000.00 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California that sought to preserve marriage between one man and one woman. Eich recently became chief executive officer of the Mozilla Corporation. Mozilla, part of the Mozilla Foundation, oversees pieces of the Mozilla web browser Firefox -- an open source rival to Internet Explorer, Safari, and others.
Half the board resigned when Mozilla named Eich the CEO. The online dating service OKCupid called for a boycott of Mozilla. Contributing to an unpopular cause six years ago -- during a time the left claimed "dissent is patriotic" -- is enough to blacklist Eich. The objections to his hire are not based on his competence, experience or resume but on $1000.00.
Nate Silver, formerly of the New York Times and his own political prognostication website fivethirtyeight.com, allowed Colorado professor Roger Pielke to pen a thoughtful piece on the impact of climate change. Pielke agrees with the community of global warming believers that man is causing the world to heat up. But Pielke argued, with data, that the increase in weather-related damage is not necessarily because of global warming. Additionally, he advocates adapting to global warming instead of wasting resources trying to end it.
The left quickly denounced Pielke and Silver. Silver's competitors roundly attacked his entire enterprise for daring to give a heretic a voice. Silver, naturally, distanced himself from Pielke, writing, "Roger's article ... contained an implicit policy recommendation in its closing paragraph. Whether or not the recommendation was justified by Roger's thesis and evidence, we generally prefer to avoid these kind of recommendations, and instead allow readers to draw any policy conclusions for themselves."
Former Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein has a new liberal blog site called Vox that purports to "explain" the news. The explanations have a helpful liberal spin that General Electric is helpfully underwriting with advertising dollars. But Klein hired Brandon Ambrosino for his venture. Ambrosino is a liberal gay male who has enraged the gay community by writing, among other things, that the gay left "routinely scour the private lives and social media accounts of our political opponents in the hopes of demonizing them as archaic, unthinking and bigoted"
For these and other sins, Ambrosino has made himself an enemy to the very group of which he is a part. Ezra Klein has been forced into repentance, claiming he will ensure Ambrosino's work is properly edited.
Last week in Texas, Republican gubernatorial nominee and current Attorney General Greg Abbott released a comprehensive education plan for Texas. It is thorough, well-documented and heavy on citations. But one of those citations comes from well-respected scholar Charles Murray. Murray's work on IQ has, for years, been badly mischaracterized by the left. Liberal journalists in Texas, joining the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis, are now willingly painting Greg Abbott as a racist for relying on Murray's work. In doing so, they are again misrepresenting Murray's work, largely because it ran afoul of acceptable standards of political correctness.
The anti-Christian left has often brought up Galileo Galilei in its attacks on both Christianity and skeptics of science. Galileo believed the earth orbited around the sun, or "heliocentrism." The prevailing view of the age, held by the Catholic Church, was that every object in the sky orbited the earth. The Roman Inquisition in 1616 declared heliocentrism "formally heretical." Luckily for Galileo, Pope Urban VIII was not a member of the increasingly intolerant left. The Pope encouraged Galileo to write a book giving arguments both for and against heliocentrism.
The left in the United States increasingly refuses even to consider other arguments. Children must be taught only the left's arguments. Scholars and pundits must only share the left's views. Any other views must be marginalized, silenced or punished. Those who hold unpopular views must be shunned, fired or re-educated.
Evil in the world has always behaved thusly -- it preaches tolerance until it is dominant. Then it seeks to silence good. The left should be wary that its behavior in civil society increasingly mirrors this historic pattern.
This is the natural end of the notion that every societal change is progressive.
If society is progressing towards a natural end where all evils (as defined by those wielding power to define evil) are to be abolished, it naturally follows that there can be no further debate once a particular stage of “progress” is reached.
Yet history shows otherwise. Man, on his own, does not progress morally so much as he swaps out one immoral practice for another, and calls it progress.
Nary a word. Change is upon us and woe it is.
We fight to take back our country. But appears every step forward three steps back. Climate deniers to be put in jail, speak for same sex marriage and you are banned from your work and business.
We all wondered what the end of America would look like. Wonder no more
Revolt is coming.
For one side it’s dissent. For the other side it’s wrong.
This is possible when the MSM, educational establishment, and government choose sides.
The left is so sure of its viewpoint that it has to kill anyone who thinks different. If everyone think alike, where will new ideas come from? Of course the Left is not interested in new ideas, it is interested in holding uncontested power.
How does that happen? How was he appointed in the first place?
Thinkin much more to the story
They will NEVER be sucessful.
"On Monday, OkCupid greeted Firefox users trying to visit its site with a message encouraging them to try other browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari. The pop-up did not specifically call for Eich's resignation, but it certainly didn't mince words, either.
"The message said: "Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."
A dating service gets him fired. Really. Ain't gonna happen
I used to think so too but where is the evidence? It is like me thinking some day my ship will come in. Unfortunately right now it is surrounded by a wolf pack of submarines.
One thing I do ascribe to is our forefathers would have been shooting by now. Unfortunately for us, the notions of self reliance, moral compass, debate, and open mindedness have left the playing field. Our society is spinning around the bowl and on the way down the tubes IMO.
“But appears every step forward three steps back”
What happened to the next generation clergy that was to fill the void left by the passing of pastors like James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell and Adrian Rogers?
The Silent Church will bring down America.
Is there any doubt whether these tyrants would be burning books and locking people up if they could? Seeing how fanatical they’ve become, I think we’re almost there....
I wish that were so. We've arrived at a point where a CEO of a corporation is fired for supporting traditional marriage. Who'd believe such a thing could have happened 20 or even 10 years ago? Conversely, imagine if a CEO spouted some anti-Christian rhetoric today; what would happen? I think the answer is absolutely nothing; it would be defended as "free speech". "Free speech" meaning today's "free speech"; which is to say one is free to spout any of the current Leftist dogma.
Probably won’t be noticeable to anyone of influence, but I uninstalled Firefox from my home pc.
My mom fed me the line of feminist crap.
I realized she was a hypocrite when I wanted to join the JAG Corps and she wanted me to go to some “workshop” about non traditional careers for women. I said “JAG is a non-traditional career for women”. She would have liked it better if I opened a macrame store.
I had to figure out on my own that having kids and crating a nurturing home was the ultimate good. When I figured it out, I was livid with her stupidity.
So, the evil can be taught, but eventually its students might call it on the lie.
The only thing is that it was against good and decency. Now it is what was once was good and decent is considered evil while that which was once degenerate and perverse is considered good.
I have wondered the same. Depends on who you talk to, some say the church is gaining strength, I am not there so I can not see and know.
But when we have a spokesperson describe people who support same sex marriage as enemies, then I am beginning to question my moms words and Christian faith where it says hate the sin love the sinner. They have declared their hatred of me, he considers me an enemy,
What if the sin is so intrinsic to the sinner’s identity that the sin cannot be differentiated from the sinner?
I stand by what I say.
Because it is a sinful lifestyle choice in other words.