There have been many articles and much shared words on blogs and throughout social media. So I just humbly offer my thoughts into the pool of the many given.
This past week, Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of Mozilla as most of you are probably well aware. He left over internal and external pressure, because in 2008 he donated to help Proposition 8 in California, a proposition which defines marriage between a man and a woman.
I find myself this week, agreeing with some gay rights activists on this story. Sure we may not agree, but shutting anyone out is a very wrong thing to do. We all have the right to free speech, to speak of our beliefs freely without being silenced. That is what our founding fathers wanted for our nation, knowing that where they had come from, limiting speech was wrong.
One gay rights activist said this week that the actions taken by Mozilla and gay rights individuals makes them no better than the anti-gay rights campaigns of the past, working to shut up the opposition. This is the wrong way to go about things.
Though I am a devout Catholic, and hold firm to my beliefs. I still believe that we all in this nation should retain the right to whatever they believe. Whether they be gay, straight, Catholic, Atheist. Even CEO’s, business owners, store clerks and servers. We all share the same rights to hold fast to our own beliefs. Do I agree with everyone? No. But does that mean I should cut off their right to free speech? Certainly not.
We must come to an understanding in this country that we are all created equal, it’s in the very words our founding fathers handed down to us in the Constitution. Only when we wash away the stain of political correctness which has plagued this nation for years can we see each other clearly, and maybe then we can come to an understanding.
Political correctness get’s in the way of moving our nation forward. It is a belief that is hurting the free speech that we have. Shutting someone out because their words might ‘offend’ or ‘hurt’ an individuals or groups feelings is what brings us down.
Once we eradicate political correctness, it will help us take a step forward.
After all. Free speech is there to protect the people we perceive as crazy or stupid. If the crazy man on the corner no longer has a right to speak freely. Then we have lost.