Dan Gilmore / January 29, 2016

Oregon’s Social Agenda Has No Moral Basis

Oregon is so politically correct it’s wrong.

Oregon is so politically correct it’s wrong. Harmony Daws used to work at Sparkling Palaces, a cleaning business based in Portland. But when her boss learned that she was recently elected as president of a pro-life group, she fired her, saying Daws’ pro-life beliefs caused her to discriminate against other employees. In a statement, Daws said, “Firing someone based on their religious or political beliefs is a civil rights violation. I’m a libertarian and I support my former employer’s right to hire and fire as she chooses. … [Fifty]-eight million children have lost their lives since 1973. Losing a job in my stand for their right to life was a small price to pay.”

Last July, Oregon’s Labor Commissioner ordered a small bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple after the bakery refused to bake a cake for the couple’s state-sanctioned same-sex wedding. But Oregon isn’t just holding the line on the Left’s social agenda. Heck, even Martin Luther King Jr. isn’t “diverse” enough for some of the “enlightened” liberals in the state. At the University of Oregon, the Oregon Student Union discussed removing MLK’s quote — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” — from the wall of the student center because the definition of “diversity” is, oh, so much more complex today than it was back then. The state is using its power to force an agenda that lacks any moral basis, ties to history or even rational thought.

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