I heard two seemingly unrelated stories today but both share one thing very much in common: A growing number of people who adamantly describe themselves as "progressive" and "open-minded" have clearly become the close-minded bigots of the New Millennium. Presented below are two prime examples.
The University of Calgary has unilaterally removed the Free Speech rights of one group on its campus. Pedophiles? Serial killers? Neo-nazis? No, they're all allowed to say whatever they wish. Who has been banned is a Pro-Life group that wants to present their views about abortion. Ezra Levant has much more to say about this disturbing story.
This morning I received a call from a Canadian friend of mine who works at a large American company. He related to me the not so pleasant internal forum discussion about California's Proposition 8, which puts a ban on Gay Marriage.
A self-identified gay fellow was lamenting about how homosexuals are the "New Blacks" and completely oppressed in every way. He added that anyone who doesn't support Gay Marriage is a bigot.
My friend, who doesn't really care one way or the other about Gay Marriage, pointed out a few things to this fellow:
- Labeling anyone who disagrees with you as a bigot isn't very conducive to having a useful discussion.
- This would make Barack Obama a bigot.
Anyone not familiar with Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism, would be well advised to read it. It presents many more details of this scary period in history that we've entered.