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-Freedom of Speech Except When Opposing Homosexual Marriage?

by Dr. D ~ October 15th, 2012

Gallaudet University

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From the Baptist Press by Kelly Boggs:

Homosexual activists, and some liberals, decried the practice of "don’t ask, don’t tell" as un-American, and President Obama signed a repeal of it in 2010. However, a variation of the practice seems to be reemerging in a different form, and it is liberals who are now employing what they once deemed "un-American."

Angela McCaskill, longtime chief diversity Officer at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has been placed on administrative leave because she signed a petition calling for voters to have a say on Maryland’s gay marriage law.

Proponents of traditional marriage gathered enough signatures to place a referendum, Question 6, on the November ballot. Question 6 asks voters whether they are "for" or "against" the new law, which is set to take effect Jan. 1. McCaskill was one of the approximately 160,000 Maryland citizens who signed the petition, but when her employer learned she had signed it, she was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.

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Here’s a link to the Christian Post’s report on the same incident:  “University Draws Fire After Placing Official on Leave for Signing Marriage Petition”

Response: Now a supporter of traditional marriage is in danger of losing her job for signing a petition as a private citizen? I wonder how much trouble Angela McCaskill would have been in if she had exercised her free speech rights and actually spoke out for traditional marriage. In this case she merely signed a petition to give voters in Maryland a right to voice their opinion on the issue.

An environment where different views could safely be shared used to be encouraged in academia but that is no longer the case. Political correctness and progressive politics rules the day in our colleges and universities all across America. Conservatives and those with unpopular views, particularly Christians views, are increasingly being silenced on campuses with speakers being shouted down and conservative professors finding that it is more difficult than ever for them to get tenure. Now this case.

Have we really gotten to a point in America where supporting Traditional Marriage is considered to be an evil- in the same category as racism? Some in America really do feel that way and would like to impose their views on the rest of us. It doesn’t matter to them that a majority in America may still support traditional marriage. It also doesn’t matter that freedom of religion which is among our first rights in this country may be at issue. From their perspective that view (traditional marriage) must not only be overcome politically but must also be demonized and outlawed.

We are entering dangerous times in America when our freedoms are under assault in the name of supposed ‘civil rights’ while other Constitutionally defined rights like free speech and freedom of religion are viewed as lessor priorities that need to be limited and silenced.               *Top

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