April 8, 2014

The ‘New Fascism’

The Left’s intolerance of speech and religion.

Newt Gingrich had strong words for the defenestration of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, saying, “This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism, which says if you don’t agree with us 100%, we have the right to punish you. … I think the question is: Do you want to live in an open and tolerant society, or do you want to impose your views at the cost of people’s jobs?” Obviously, for the Left, the answer is the latter. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) likewise defended Eich on the House floor, saying, “[O]ur nation was founded on two core principles: freedom of speech and freedom of religion, both of which are contained in the First Amendment of the Constitution. … Regardless of your views on marriage, any American who values the First Amendment should be deeply troubled that [Brendan Eich] was essentially driven from his job because of his personal beliefs. … Nowhere have I read that Mr. Eich ever discriminated against coworkers. In fact, by all accounts, he is a fair and honorable employer. Yet because of his private beliefs about traditional marriage, which I share, he has been demonized and his livelihood compromised. … [W]hat happened last week was not debate. It was the stifling of debate. It was the silencing of dissent. It was the compromising of two of our nation’s most cherished principles: free speech and freedom of religion.”

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