There’s a Little Moment in Jurassic Park I Think of

It’s at the 8 second mark, where the Gallimimus offers one cry of protest before it is ruthlessly destroyed:

That’s what I think of as the Gay Legion of Menacing Visigoths for Tolerance continues its ruthless and pitiless extirpation of all who are guilty of Thoughtcrime for failing to hail homosex as the Source and Summit of all that is noble, pure, good, and glorious. Tolerance is not enough. You. MUST. Approve. And God help you if the Thought Police discover anything in your past revealing dissent from the regime. Punishment will be swift and merciless. Because Diversity and Freedom.

Lizzie Scalia and Tom McDonald offer a couple of gallimimus squeals, but the Legion is not about to cease being the iron and draconian instrument of punishment its members have fashioned in their militancy. They will, of course, eventually lose once they manage to make themselves utterly obnoxious to the majority of people. But in the meantime, most Americans think they are helping the oppressed, not coddling jackbooted narcissists who demand the whole world bow to their demands for affirmation. If the people engineering this kind of Thoughtcrime Punishment have their way, most Americans will soon figure out how deluded they are.

Heck, even Andrew Sullivan is disgusted.

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  • Dave G.

    They will, of course, eventually lose once they manage to make themselves utterly obnoxious to the majority of people.

    Their defeat must be far in the future then. Since things like this are becoming more common, and are becoming part of the fabric of our society. My company makes us take a yearly non-harassment policy test in which we sign off that we support, among other things, marriage equality. And we all know what marriage equality means. Same thing was happening in our city school. This is an extreme example of what is becoming the norm, and increasingly accepted. If they lose, it will likely be after they have achieved their goals, which are looking more and more obtainable.

    • Newp Ort

      Are you being coerced to sign that you personally support it, or just that you won’t object to it in the workplace?

      • Dave G.

        The scenario is that someone criticizes the company for supporting gay marriage. Four possible responses are given. The correct one is that I fully support our company’s support for marriage equality. Not that it should come to that to raise common sense red flags.

      • The Deuce

        Before you would’ve said, “Are you being threatened with losing your job for political free speech?” but that ship has sailed.

  • kirthigdon

    Visigoths have nothing to do with this. How can anyone be menaced by Visigoths well over a thousand years after they have disappeared?

    Kirt Higdon

    • silicasandra

      It’s been a while, but aren’t the Visigoths one of the civilizations you can be when playing Age of Empires 2? If I’m remembering correctly, then I have menaced quite a few people as a Visigoth, within the last decade. (Though I usually did so as a Byzantine…I liked the architecture better.)

  • SteveP

    The Anchoress’ admonition is in vain as men in the US, regardless of purported sexual orientation, are eunuchs trembling in fear at the possibility of losing revenue.

  • Newp Ort

    How is this different than if he had been found to be supporting some other cause contrary to the company’s values and the values of many of their customers (most I would wager)? They probably feel it’s in their best interest to terminate him.

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Have you met Steve P?

    • SteveP

      I’m sure there are some who would prefer to terminate all who donated to “Yes” on Prop. 8.

      The difficulty in the situation stems from the differentiation between public and private. Eich did not seem to make the donation in his capacity as CEO. Rather, he exercise his right in his citizenship to donate to a political caucus he found acceptable. Mozilla’s yammering on about “values” is nonsense and a distraction. This is clearly a case of bullying.

      • Newp Ort

        Thanks for the reply. Would it be bullying and unfair for ANY cause an employee found acceptable to donate to? Should having a right as a citizen to support a cause free you from termination by a private organisation?

        What I’m trying to parse out here is if there is a fundamental wrong going on, or is society turning away from a particular belief system?

        • SteveP

          Not being privy to Eich’s contract, I cannot say whether or not the contract was violated either by him or Mozilla. However, the story seems to be one of reprisal. Is reprisal ever right? Well, that was a rhetorical question; yes, society is turning away from Christian belief – forgiveness and mercy – back to eyes for eyes and teeth for teeth.

          • Newp Ort

            Reprisal for what? Just seems like traditional marriage supporters are increasingly being marginalized, kinda like racism. I’m not trying to equate those two beliefs, but I don’t think anybody would object too strongly to the guy being fired for donating to the Klan.

            So traditional marriage is definitely a traditionally held christian value that society is turning away from. And now a lot of more liberal christians are turning away too.

            I guess that’s really Mark’s point, that you’re gonna be increasingly hammered down if you don’t support same sex marriage.

            I’m just worried that the church is going to be increasingly marginalized in society, that they’re painting themselves into a corner. But you can’t really give up what you believe to be true just because you increasingly face negative consequences for it. I don’t see a solution except the church standing their ground.

            “They will, of course, eventually lose once they manage to make themselves utterly obnoxious to the majority of people.” I don’t really see that happening any time soon.

            • Marthe Lépine

              I think that is actually the point: Christians standing their ground risk being persecuted, but it has happened before, in many parts of the world, and the Church seems to always get out stronger, probably, among other reasons, because of the example so given of putting the love of God first, ans societal opinions way down, maybe not even 2nd.

            • SteveP

              “Reprisal for what?” Precisely. Retaliation is irrational (or pre-rational in the case of children).

              The Body of Christ will endure. Disciples, like Peter, will give into the anxiety of the moment, the uncertainty of the situation, but then be raised up by the Head – He has promised and He will do it.

        • The Deuce

          Nobody is claiming that it’s *illegal* to fire someone for their political views. But it’s certainly improper, and a shredding of the social compact that allows us to live together peacefully. Progressives are still shrieking about Hollywood blacklists against communists (who, btw, really were hostile agents working for the destruction of their country) half a century after the fact.

        • http://robertfking.wordpress.com/ Roki

          I guess this is the question. What if he had donated to a pro-life campaign? What if he had donated to the Communist Party? Or the NRA? Or Hamas? How would that be different – or would those be firing offences as well, if company policy didn’t like whatever cause it was?

  • The Deuce

    As Mark Steyn reminds us:

    By the way, let’s not forget how Brandon Eich’s $1,000 donation to the Proposition Eight fight became public. The IRS leaked it
    to the gay enforcers at the “Human Rights Campaign”. America has a
    corrupt government – so corrupt that many Americans now think it
    entirely normal for the state tax collector to target the regime’s
    political enemies. I don’t, and for the last year I’ve called for the
    abolition of the institutionally corrupt IRS and its replacement by an
    agency with far more limited powers appropriate to a free society.
    Surprisingly few Republican candidates seem interested in joining that
    campaign. But the IRS’ wholesale corruption is a free-speech issue, too:
    it’s about using state power – the threat of audits and, ultimately,
    asset confiscation – to get you to shut up. And the alliance between the
    IRS and the gay enforcers is a foretaste of where things are headed. If
    your confidential financial information can be leaked to those who want
    to take you down, why should your medical information or your vote by
    “secret ballot” be any more secure?

    http://www.steynonline.com/6236/celebrate-conformity

  • PalaceGuard

    And, to continue the metaphor, may Mozilla discover the hard truth at the heart of Jurassic Park: never, never, never, NEVER do the helical lever thing with your techs.

    • Newp Ort

      Hold on to your butts!

  • Elaine S.

    So what do those of us who have spouses and disabled adult children depending on us to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table do when the Menacing Visigoths come calling? It’s one thing to stand bravely against the tide and sacrifice your livelihood for the sake of Truth when it’s only you, that you have to worry about. It’s another thing entirely when by doing so, you impose hardship on one or more innocent people who may or may not share your views, or even be capable of making a decision for themselves.

    Kinda seems ironic to me that the very Catholics who are most adamant about being committed to their spouses, open to life and having lots of kids are likely to be the ones who become unemployable in the Brave New World. I note there is one religious group in America with similar convictions regarding family life that has been through this, and worse, before — the Mormons — and as a result, they formed a really strong sense of community and mutual assistance that perhaps we could learn from.

    • D.T. McCameron

      Much the same could be said of the martyrs, though. “Just say that you’re worshiping the Emperor. You don’t have to mean it. You have a family to look after. It’d be irresponsible to stand on principle. It’d be selfish to hold fast to Truth.”

      Which is all very sensible and wholly diabolical.


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