Embrace it or Else
I happen to live and work in Portland Oregon. A literal Mecca of liberalism. If some buffoon spouts a bunch of Obama talking points, I don’t want to stir up trouble, so I simply keep quiet. This may no longer be acceptable among “wrong thinkers.”
This post is about what will soon be required by the left in order to not be bullied and labeled a hate-monger. You will soon need to fully embrace their ideology and you will need to prove it. It will no longer be acceptable to keep opinions to yourself, because keeping an opinion to yourself could be a thought crime if your thoughts do not match up with the lefts way of thinking. Fail to come out publicly, especially if you are a popular business, that you embrace a certain belief, will get you bullied and harassed. That’s how they roll. You probably think I’m full of crap, but it has already well under way here in Portland. Do you remember the story about the baker refusing to make a cake? A few months ago a popular bakery was asked to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. The manager refused saying that “it was against his religious principles to make this cake.” He went on to say to the belligerent customer, “please go down the street, there is another bakery that just as good, and he actually embraces this sort of thing. He’d love to bake you a cake.” That wasn’t good enough. They wanted to force this guy to do something against his core principal, or be punished for his wrong beliefs. The community hired a team of lawyers and has worked very hard to put this man out of business. It took several months, but he eventually caved to the pressure and went out of business.
This same idiocy has now gone national. Here’s some actual published excerpts from the Department of Justice. It is called the “DOJ Pride” decree. When it comes to “LGBT pride,” employees are ordered: DO assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening to what you’re saying (whether in a meeting or around the proverbial water cooler) and will read what you’re writing (whether in a casual email or in a formal document), and make sure the language you use is inclusive and respectful.
DO Attend LGBT events sponsored by DOJ Pride and/or the Department, and invite (but don’t require) others to join you.
DO Display a symbol in your office (DOJ Pride sticker, copy of this brochure, etc.) indicating that it is a ‘safe space.
DO use inclusive words like ‘partner,’ ‘significant other’ or ‘spouse’ rather than gender-specific terms like ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ (for example, in invitations to office parties or when asking a new employee about his/her home life).
DON’T judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.
The new plan… tolerance won’t be acceptable. You must embrace their lifestyle or else.
George Orwell didn’t intend for any of his books to be used as an “instruction manual.”