We often write about the straw men, hypocrisy and double standards of the Left when it comes to various issues. It accuses its opponents of doing what it itself does in order to misdirect the public away from its own actions and onto the aspersions and false accusations it levels toward conservatives, especially Christians. It's particularly chilling when the issue is tolerance. While the Left accuses Christians of intolerance for their insistence, for example, that marriage is a natural, God created union between one man and one woman, it is busy rummaging through files and looking for people who donate to traditional marriage causes in order to discredit those people and to inflict financial and other harm on them.
The recent example of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is the most high profile example. Anti-faith and anti-family activists came to find out that he donated $1,000 in support of California's Prop 8 ballot campaign, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman in that state — chicken feed compared to the mega dollars given to the homosexual lobby by big time Hollywood types to defeat the measure. These anti-faith activists pressure the tech company's board to dismiss Eich and within days he was gone.
Job performance? Not relevant. Personal views on faith and marriage? You must do, say and think as we tell you! Or else!
That triggered a torrent of commentary, including the increasingly rare liberals who maintain some semblance of consistency and defended Eich's rights, despite their disagreement with him. Others blistered him, including Slate.com's William Saletan, who wrote a column entitled, "Purge The Bigots!" in which he wrote:
Some of my colleagues are celebrating. They call Eich a bigot who got what he deserved. I agree. But let's not stop here. If we’re serious about enforcing the new standard, thousands of other employees who donated to the same anti-gay ballot measure must be punished.
More than 35,000 people gave money to the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that declared, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them.
As Matt Barber reports in his TheBlaze.com column, Saletan said later that the column was sarcasm, mocking intolerant liberals. The problem is, it sure didn't sound like satire. Even if it was, the fact that it could be taken as mainstream leftist thought is telling. Whether satire or not, his readers' comments revealed plenty: You can almost visualize the rabid froth at the mouths of the many who viscously agreed with him, and aggressively and publicly schemed ways to punish those who contributed to Prop 8.
Barber cites Laurie Higgins, of the Illinois Family Institute, who noted:
The problem with Saletan's satirical piece is that, unlike Swift’s "A Modest Proposal," Saletan's is not outrageous enough. It should be outrageous enough for a satire, but unfortunately, homosexual activists and their allies are tyrannical enough to do just what he's proposing.
So unsatirical is Saletan's pieces is that he even listed and linked to information on Prop 8 donors that was reportedly leaked by the Obama IRS to the Los Angeles Times. It includes the exact names, addresses, employers and dollar amounts of every Prop 8 donor in the country!
While these "progressives" commonly call Christians "NAZIs" or "fascists" for defending the 6,000-year-old tradition of marriage even as they practice actual NAZI tactics, Barber warns that it's only the beginning. But he also reminds us that we defeated fascism from without once and there's no reason why we can't defeat fascism from within.