In the wake of the Mozilla controversy, the Duck Dynasty controversy, the Chick-fil-A boycott/buycott, and the countless examples of intolerance and intimidation against conservatives on campuses across the country, it seems rather clear that - as Michelle Goldberg notes in The Nation – there is a "growing left-wing tendency towards censoriousness and and hair-trigger offense."
But does this increasing intolerance work? In other words, does it help leftists impose their own social norms on society, or does it serve mainly to stiffen resistance and motivate opponents?
It does both, but where it works depends greatly on context. For years we've seen stigma defeat dogma (insults and mockery defeat beliefs) on college campuses, where relentless assaults on conservative values tend to leave students more liberal than when they arrived. It's not hard to understand why. These attacks can make students feel isolated - like there's something wrong with them - and the more casual adherents to any worldview find it relatively easy to shed impediments to social acceptance. This creates a vicious cycle, as shrinking minorities feel less and less empowered and the vocal majority feels increasingly vindicated in calling their opponents extremists or bigots. more >>
A former NFL player and college football analyst has accepted a position at the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian advocacy group.
Craig James was hired briefly by Fox Sports Southwest in 2013 and made one appearance with the network before he was fired for comments about homosexuality that he made while running for U.S. Senate in Texas in 2012.
"We are very excited and pleased to announce that Craig James is joining Family Research Council's team," said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement. "Losing one job because of his religious beliefs has made room for another: raising awareness about the threats to our most precious liberty — the freedom of religion. His leadership skills, his courage in the face of religious hostility, and his passion for faith, family and freedom will make him a great addition to the FRC team." more >>
The forced resignation last week of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla came the same week as an important Supreme Court campaign finance decision. These two seemingly unrelated stories have a connection. While increased disclosure could bring greater transparency of campaign finances, some liberals have shown that transparency would be used for harassment and intimidation, rather than an open dialogue.
Last week, the Supreme Court struck down the overall cap on donations to political campaigns. Leaving in place limits on how much individuals can give to candidates and parties, the court said that the cap on how much individuals can give in total to candidates and parties in an election cycle was a freedom of speech violation.
In the opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts suggested that laws requiring candidates and parties to disclose where their political donations are coming from would be a preferable tool for exposing political corruption than limits on giving to campaigns. more >>
Liberty University, the country's largest private nonprofit university, has issued a statement clarifying its hiring practices after a viral news report revealed that the conservative Christian school's stage company had sought the services of an "open homosexual advocate" for its production of "Mary Poppins."
"For decades, Liberty University has hired only faculty members who affirm the university's doctrinal statement," reads a statement from the Lynchburg, Va., school sent to Patheos blogger Benjamin L. Corey. "The choreographer in question is an independent contractor supplied to the university through a third party association and has never applied for employment at Liberty University and has never been an employee of Liberty. Liberty has never required vendors who provide goods and services to the university to adhere to the university's doctrinal beliefs."
Corey, suggesting that Liberty's hiring of "someone who is openly gay and is a marriage equality advocate" could serve as an example for other Christian organizations, such as World Vision, pointed to a Christian News Network report in which the Southern Baptist-affiliated university "basically shrugged their shoulders and said they hire people on the basis of their ability to do a job, not on the basis of their sexual orientation." more >>
The virulent spirit of the lynch mob has been unleashed in American society.
Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, was forced to resign last week from the company he helped found. What was his crime? In 2008, he gave a $1,000 donation in support of California's ban on same-sex marriage.
Homosexual activists apparently never intended to abide by the "live-and-let-live" toleration they pretended to support while campaigning for same-sex marriage. Their goal is a new social order where their sexual lifestyle is affirmed and promoted as normal and healthy and anyone who doubts it is considered unhealthy. Furthermore, their goal seems to be marginalization to the level of KKK bigots anyone who dares question or dissent from the new moral equation. more >>
Gay advocates in Germany reportedly attacked Christian parents with "little bags of feces" and feces-stained pages ripped from the Bible for protesting a new government sex education program in schools that seeks to teach students about homosexuality.
A DW report explains that the protest is part of an ongoing debate over a plan in the state of Baden-Württemberg to include "sexual diversity" in the 2015 school curriculum. The details of that plan are still being hammered out.
A middle school teacher from the Black Forest region in southwest Germany launched a petition which branded the effort as "an educational, moral, and ideological reeducation" in the state's schools. more >>