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Think Like Us or Face Our Wrath!

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 8
4/18/2014


By Taylor Ramsey

Are you afraid to speak your mind? I would bet many conservative people like me actually take time to seriously think about what they are going to say out of fear of being labeled with a very nasty adjective when addressing social and political issues. No one wishes to be described as a hater, intolerant, bigoted, xenophobic, sexist and racist no matter the real truth about their character. After all, one must consider their standing in the community, how their family and friends view them, the possibility that they may not pass a college course or even worry about keeping their job.

My goal here is not to express whether I agree or disagree with the arguments for or against positions presented, but to discuss how much our culture has changed in that our right to express ourselves is being taken away from us as a result of very narrow thinkers.

In the August 12, 2012 issue of the Beachcomber I wrote about Chick-fil-A and its owner, Mr. Cathy, and how citizens tried to destroy his business by creating demonstrations aimed at convincing the world his restaurants should be boycotted because of his opinion on same-sex marriage. Incredibly, government leaders also became involved in attempting to censor him and deny him the right to grow his enterprise. Believe as we do or go out of business.

The CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was against same-sex marriage, just like President Obama was. Years ago, Mr. Eich donated $1000 to supporters of California’s Proposition 8 which was against same-sex marriage. When the donation recently came to light, Mr. Eich lost his job for his actions. Mozilla, Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said, “It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting. The ability to lead, particularly for the CEO, is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.” Think like me or you are fired.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, Lawrence Torcello, wrote an essay on March 13, 2014 and in it he asked, “What are we to make of those behind the well documented corporate funding of global warming denial? Those who purposefully strive to make sure inexact, incomplete and contradictory information is given to the public? I believe we understand them correctly when we know them to be not only corrupt and deceitful, but criminally negligent in their willful disregard for human life. It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal system accordingly. “He actually suggests those who are skeptical of global warming should be considered criminals. Think like me or go to jail.

Last June at Georgetown University, President Obama said to those who question climate change theories, “I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.” Think like me or be considered uneducated.

Back in April of last year, at the University of California Santa Barbara, 16 year old, Thrin Short, was holding a large sign in support of the pro-life campaign. Feminism Professor Mireille Miller-Young and her student supporters were allegedly mocking Ms. Short and that led to the forced confiscation of her sign by the professor and her supporters, which was caught on video. Think like me or lose your right to free speech.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia and is now an American citizen is famous for her work in bringing the abuses of women taking place in some Islamic sects to world-wide attention. Some believe that her work to protect women and young girls is work against all of Islam, but based on what I have read, that is not true. She is against abuse of females that take place in some Islamic groups.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was invited to present a speech and receive an honorary degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, but Brandeis, after protests from students and faculty, pulled the offer last week saying they believed she was a critic of Islam which does not align with Brandeis University core values. Think like us or lose your right to speak.

There is a very concerted effort to suppress thought and speech. If you are vocal and express an unaccepted idea you are called many names, brandished, hurt financially and strongly discouraged to speak. Can you imagine not being able to work for an employer or support a business or product simply because your ideas on politics or social policy do not fit what the media and leaders have determined is correct?

John F. Kennedy was once quoted as saying, “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” Actions taking place today indicate only one line of thought is valid and conservative opinion is not to be tolerated or safe.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should not depend on what only half of the U.S. population believes.

taylor@longbeachcomber.com