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Is Tolerance a Two-Way Street?

Posted on April 4, 2014
Brendan Eich Mozilla Foundation official photo

Brendan Eich Resigned As Chief Executive of Mozilla

Tolerance should be a two way street.

According to the New York Times:
“On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the web’s most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. The reason? In 2008, he donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, a California measure that banned same-sex marriage.”

And then there was this from Fox News:
“A San Francisco arts organization has parted ways with a well-known Latina actress, who was to star in its rendition of 'The Vagina Monologues,' after the thespian appeared in a political ad with a California Tea Party lawmaker who is running for governor.”

And then at the end of this year, ABC News reported this:
"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," GLAAD said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people -- especially its employees and viewers." Roberts was suspended from the hit show after he gave an interview with GQ Magazine in which he made anti-gay comments and said he didn't see black people suffering inequality before the civil rights movement. On Friday, the network released a statement saying he would return to the show in 2014.”

Before Joe Biden forced President Obama’s hand, he publicly shared the same position as Brendan Eich on gay marriage.

In 2008, every Democratic candidate for President opposed gay marriage, as did Barney Frank.

Liberals have decided that tolerance is only a one way street.  Conservatives must be tolerant of liberal political views, but liberals would be stupid to be tolerant of conservative views.  And so they aren’t.

In California, if you decide to be on the same side of a political issue as the Catholic Church and the Church of Latter-Day Saints, you are not fit to be the CEO of a tech company.  Amazing how the President is trying to get some reflected glory from the Pope, isn't it?

In California, if you decide to appear in a political ad on behalf of a Tea Party candidate, you won’t be able to ply your trade as an actor or actress.  (Unless, of course, you are Jon Voight).

If you express conservative views, you are put on a latter day Hollywood/Tech World blacklist.  You are driven from your job and forced to publicly confess your sins if you ever want to work in that state again.

Tolerance is a two way street.   Except when it isn’t.