There's a hue and cry from conservatives about the blacklist that got Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich dumped because of his 2008 vote against gay marriage in California. I certainly understand where conservatives are coming from here-- obviously Eich did nothing wrong-- in fact did good-- by voting against enshrining a lie about marriage into law.
But I don't agree with the "blacklists are unfair" trope.
Blacklists are damn good things-- we are in the mess we're in precisely because we haven't had enough blacklists, the right kind of blacklists, that is.
Blacklists are a society's immune system. Blacklists-- widespread private (non-governmental) agreement to exclude people who hold certain views from certain jobs-- are society's way of protecting itself. We blacklist active Nazis, vociferous segregationists, emphatic anti-Semites etc. from all sorts of positions of societal trust. Is there a job opening in a film studio for a screenwriter? David Duke need not apply. Is there a high school principal position open? The head of the American Nazi Party need not apply.
Damn good thing, that blacklist.
I like blacklists. I don't want a whole bunch of disgusting ideologies infesting our public life. The Hollywood blacklist of commie-loving scum in the 1950's was a great thing: it was our society's way of saying that you can choose between loving Stalin or making our movies. Not both.
The problem our society faces now isn't "blacklists". The problem is a rotting leftist secular culture that, unsurprisingly, enforces bad blacklists. What the hell did we think that bastards would do when we let them gain power? Were we really stupid enough to think that the left would protect free speech or a pluralistic society?
We got that rotting leftist culture in significant part because we didn't enforce good blacklists.
But there are still more of us then there are of them. We still have power, if we have the brains and guts to use it. Here are the blacklists we need:
1) No one who has publicly endorsed Marxist or communist or totalitarian socialist political or economic systems should be employed in any position of public trust, like education, entertainment, journalism, etc.
2) No one who has been involved with any act of political violence should be employed in any position of public trust, especially as an educator (are you listening, Bill Ayers?).
3) No one who has endorsed government-mandated racism should be employed in any position of public trust. If you support race-based discrimination in employment or admissions, you are a racist and you are unfit to any position of trust.
4) No scientist who has endorsed the global warming hoax or has failed to demand accountability from global warming scientists who are engaged in massive fraud should be employed in any institution of research or teaching. Scientific integrity matters, and overt or tacit endorsement of global warming science is endorsement of obvious fraud. Scientists who practice or who tolerate fraud should be removed from the profession. Like they say at West Point-- "I will not cheat, nor tolerate those who do". Silence is complicity, and disqualifies a scientist from any work in the profession.
5) No individual who has endorsed population control in any form that involves compulsion or coercion should be employed in any position of public trust. Population control that entails coercion is a crime against humanity, endorsement of which is repellant and renders one unfit for many kinds of employment (e.g. in education, entertainment, journalism, etc).
6) No individual who has taken action to deprive any American of his/her First Amendment free exercise rights-- that is, no one who supports a ban on public prayer etc-- should be allowed to have any role in education or any position of public trust. Anti-Christian bigots, like anti-Semites and racists, need not apply.
7) No proselytizing sodomite should be employed in any position of public trust-- not in education, not in entertainment, not in journalism. Don't ask- don't tell was a fine idea. If you engage in sexual sin, shut up about it and pray for help and forgiveness. If you want to spread your filth in our society through our educational system or our entertainment industry or our news media, we're gonna make sure you can only spread it on the unemployment line.
I could go on. We are rapidly slipping into a leftist totalitarian gulag precisely because we have not enforced our own blacklists. We have been criminally unwilling to defend the good from the bad-- we have allowed leftists and racists and anti-Christian bigots and dishonest scientists and sodomites to gain control of our education and our entertainment and our media and many of our businesses (not to mention our government). They have gained control because we didn't fight them-- because we didn't enforce rational moral blacklists against manifest evil. Now the leftist scum are ascendant, and they are enforcing their own blacklists against us.
A fine example of fighting back that works is the recent response of conservative Christians to Cracker Barrel restaurants and A&E network who tried to censor Duck Dynasty because Phil Robertson told the truth about sodomy. Customers blacklisted the cowards at Cracker Barrel and at A&E, and the bastards folded overnight.
The best way to beat a bad blacklist is a bigger good blacklist.
We good guys have lost all conviction. We need to regain our passionate intensity. How about blacklisting Mozilla? Fight back, hard. Let's show the bastards what a real blacklist is.
Blacklists are fine. There are several organizations and individuals on my personal blacklist. The most recent, obviously, is Mozilla. I was actually one of a dying breed who liked Firefox. Pity. But others are there, too. The Girl Scouts for their support of abortion mills is a good example. I regret having to explain to nice moms and their girls in front of the local grocery store why I can't buy their cookies anymore. I also refuse to allow the sewer of cable TV to flow into my family room. And there are a number of cinematic and musical celebrities whose bank accounts and bully pulpits I refuse to enlarge, no matter how good their movies or music might be.ReplyDelete
But blacklists are not enough. We also need affirmative lists. On the rare occasion that I buy fast food, I buy from Chick-fil-A, When I need mats for framing, I visit Hobby Lobby. If I lived in a town where a baker had been persecuted by the Gay Mafia, I would buy their products and encourage my friends and family to do the same.
Not only do libertarians and conservatives need to ostracize and shun leftists and wannabe-totalitarians, we need to stand together in affirmative solidarity.
I'd add to your blacklist anyone who teaches students and defends child sex abuse within the Catholic Church by claiming that child sex abuse is worse in other professions, such as school teachers.ReplyDelete
Such a person shouldn't be allowed to infect future doctors with the idea that certain examples of child abuse aren't as bad as others.
I only note this because it just so happens that Australia's most notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale was sentenced today to a further 8 years and is expected to die in gaol (good riddance).
He abused at least 53 children, probably several hundred in total, and was transferred from parish to parish for years. At least he was an equal opportunity abuser, abusing both boys and girls.
And the Catholic Church supported Ridsdale in other ways, with Bishop George Pell (now Cardinal Pell and a high figure in the Vatican - and a possible future Pope) standing by him in court in support at his first criminal trial. Come to think of it - I hope Pope Francis stays healthy and fit for many many years, at least until Cardinal Pell is over 80.
The John Jay Study showed how less than 0.25% of over 100,000 priests since the 60's were convicted on sexual abuse charges. Your side is intentionally playing up the statistics in order to make the problem appear epidemic within the priesthood when in reality it's anything but. Heck, statistically a child is over 100x more likely to be molested by a public school teacher, yet where's your self-righteous indignation when it comes to those victims?Delete
Besides, since when did the godless moral relativists lay claim to any sort of moral high ground? I'll put the Catholic Church's sterling record of social services the world over up against atheism's track record any day. What, praytell, was atheism accomplishing over the past century, that is besides spreading its poisonous Marxist ideology, pillaging property and resources under the guises of "social equality" and "environmental protectionism," to say nothing of the rampant narcissism, the self-imbued "enlightenment," resulting in the mass genocide, euthanasia, torture and abortion of well over 100 million people.
A typical example of teacher union defense...
When the Seattle Times asked the Bellevue School District for information about teachers and coaches accused of sexual misconduct, school officials and the state’s most powerful union teamed up behind the scenes to try to hide the files. Bellevue school officials even let teachers purge their own records at union-organized “file parties” to prevent disclosure.
--- Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature
Comrade Blatfast, no practicing Catholic "defends" sexual abuse of children, by anyone, for any reason. But organizations like NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association, part of the Gay Lobby) and the California teacher union do, in fact, actively lobby lawmakers in defense of pedophiles.
The truth is, however, that sexual abuse is much more prevalent in the public schools than in the Catholic Church. It is not a "defense" of pedophile priests to simply observe that there are more dangerous pedophiles in the public schools than their are in parishes. Moreover, in either case, the perpetrators should be in prison.
Your odd notions about the definitions of common English vocabulary words are amazing.
mregnor, Mozilla has been inundated with negative feedback over this incident, with thousands of people throwing Firefox into the trash bin where it rightly belongs. Although my host may come up as Firefox, that's only because I'm posting from Pale Moon, which actually runs a bit faster than the former. I'll never have anything to do with Mozilla again.Delete
“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. ” - Archbishop Charles Chaput
I don't support Obamacare. I think it's bad policy. Australia would never replace its current health insurance system (with basically a single insurer) with such a ramshackle system - not even the present conservative government - because our current system is very popular.
Catholic priests claim higher moral standards than everyone else - and also the right to tell everyone else what to do. It's therefore a greater breach of trust for a paedophile priest to offend repeatedly (and to tell their victims that they - the victims- are sinners, as Ridsdale was doing). And for the hierarchy of the church to be abetting the crime by moving the offending priest to new parishes. And accompanying the offender to court in support, as Bishop (the later Cardinal) Pell did.
Anyhow. From what I can gather, Obamacare doesn't require employers to pay for their employees' contraceptives. The insurance policies they provide from separate insurance companies have to have the ability to pay for OCs if the employee wants them (in Australia, most people pay the full cost of OCs - Pharmaceutical Benefits is to cover most of the costs of expensive medications which can run to thousands of dollars a year if not a month).
And how are Christians blacklisted by allowing legal same sex marriages? Not being allowed to be an 'asshole' is blacklisting, is it, moron?
You're right in that priests are held to a higher moral standard, but then one can find corruption anywhere if one looks hard enough. Sexual abuse within the priesthood has dwindled in recent decades.Delete
The problem is that people in positions of power are one-sided in their crusade to make everything PC. Political correctness creates a false dilemma in that it redefines morality and then expects everyone to either affirm it or be punished. When the homosexual activists went AWOL over Chik-Fil-A and Duck Dynasty and thought that they could get away with their bullying tactics, not only did they fail miserably but it backfired. Ditto for Mozilla. They want to pick a fight which they cannot win. No matter how much they whine and pout about it, normal people view homosexuality as revolting and immoral. It serves no beneficial purpose for society nor the soul. Indeed, it's an attack on the moral fabric which keeps society unified. People who claim that SS'M harms nobody are lying. When the political body in Mass. forced it through, the first thing they did was give Catholic adoption agencies an ultimatum: either service homosexual couples (thereby violating their religious convictions) or shut down. And just for the record, they even slipped in overturning a law against bestiality in Mass. All thanks to -- guess who -- homosexual advocates.
I share your revulsion of Gerald Ridsdale's dispicable acts. Do you also have revulsion towards DroneFührer Barry's flying robot killers?Delete
Michael, The only people harmed in Massachusetts by gay marriage are the few who were impacted by the Catholic Adoption services valuing their bigotry more than serving the community. That’s all in the past now, plenty of non-bigoted agencies have stepped up to fill the void.Delete
The bigotry was directed at the CAA by the state, not the other way around. The state unilaterally changed discrimination laws in order to impose a moral imperative upon the Church, knowing full and well that the Church would rather close down than cave in to their demands. As usual, it's all about affirming the homosexuals' deviant lifestyle.Delete
You don't have the right to force a private entity, let alone a religious one, to agree with the government's redefinition (that is, distortion) of morality or cater to someone's demands. What's next, calling people names for not handing a thief the car keys or letting a pedophile watch over the kids? I wouldn't put it past the morally bankrupt progressives to push to change 'age of consent' laws in order to pave the way to underage sex and marriage. After all, don't want to discriminate against a man and a boy's "love" for one another and be called a bigot by the socialist-communist party, now do we? And before you accuse me of "slippery-slope fallacy," I'll remind everyone that back when SCOTUS began pushing for government recognition of civil unions for homosexual couples, they assured people that it had absolutely nothing to do with redefining marriage...
Hurl labels, slander, ostracize, bring private business owners to court, let activist judges and politicians draft laws which intentionally target religious freedom, and pressure people who disagree with your political views to retire. Such are the actions of the intolerant fascists.
The truth and a lie cannot coexist on equal footing.
An fit of impotent rage is not a good start for the day. Breath normally, doc.ReplyDelete
Please, don't try to calm down Egnor. I enjoy his apoplectic rage at the end of the day.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15ReplyDelete
As if carrying the burden of hate in this life wasn’t punishment enough. Poor Egnor.
Jesus wants His followers to be merciful. "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." In order for someone to show mercy, they have to be wronged, but mercy shouldn't be taken to imply that we give others free license to sin, let alone walk all over us. Their are such things as righteous anger and just punishment. When the thieves were nailed alongside Jesus, one of them admitted that they'd received just punishment for their crimes. But Jesus still showed compassion and mercy to the thief who had asked Him to remember him after entering into His kingdom.Delete
We good guys have lost all conviction. We need to regain our passionate intensity. How about blacklisting Mozilla? Fight back, hard. Let's show the bastards what a real blacklist is.ReplyDelete
You're not the good guys, Egnor. You're the bad guys. No longer can you get away with blacklisting Jews, gays, liberals, or anyone else opposed to your conservative "Christian" hate and bigotry. You're the shit of history that's finally being flushed into the sewers.