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NFL Ban on Kneeling Not a ‘Free Speech’ Issue

Last week the NFL announced that the national anthem rule for 2018 requires players to stand. After a season of sparse attendance at games and low television ratings, it appears the NFL owners have decided to try to put an end to the controversial kneeling during the anthem by doling out punishment to players and fines to teams for noncompliance. The backlash from players has been swift with many angrily denouncing the decision. The new policy has also been attacked by some on the right who decry the League’s attack on ‘free-speech.’

David French, a senior writer at National Review, wrote a piece for the New York Times in which he labeled those in favor of the policy a “conservative mob” and the policy itself to be “corporate censorship.”

New York Times – The United States is in the grips of a free-speech paradox. At the same time that the law provides more protection to personal expression than at any […] → Keep reading

Mozilla: Leftist Hypocrisy On Display

Mozilla’s dumping of now-former CEO Brendan Eich has brought about a slew of negative attention to the Mozilla Corporation, which is being slammed by conservatives as well as some on the left. It appears Mozilla underestimated the backlash they would receive for their action against Eich, whose high-crime was making a private $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8, which was to have prevented gay marriage. Even gay journalist Andrew Sullivan jumped into the fray, berating Mozilla for their actions.

The Dish – Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay […] → Keep reading

Liberal Tolerance: Not at Mozilla

It seems that if you are a highly successful CEO, newly appointed to run a software corporation that produces a popular web browser and other products, your business acumen and the success of the corporation under your leadership are irrelevant if you have a personal social view that is in opposition to some of your employees and others on the left who don’t even work for you. Oh, and being the cofounder sixteen years ago doesn’t get you off the hook. I’m referring to Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, cofounder of Mozilla in 1998, formerly the chief technology officer and now the CEO. Eich has been the CEO for exactly one week and is already on the receiving end of a huge backlash from Mozilla employees. The reason? In 2008 Eich gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, a California ballot that was intended to block same-sex marriages in the state. Oh, the horror! Liberal ‘tolerance’ rears its ugly head again.

Some […] → Keep reading