Unless and until Republicans, conservatives and Christians start learning how to effectively fight the information war, the craziness will get worse. Where is the effective push back on this insanity? Information for the “choir” is great, but the political right needs to build channels to bring more of the facts to more people.
Here are a couple of good articles over at The Patriot Post:
Curt Schilling Fired for Thought Crimes
Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN Wednesday for sharing his political beliefs. Earlier this week, Schilling — a baseball analyst and retired pitcher known for his role in breaking the Red Sox’s 86-year World Series curse by pitching through an ankle injury in a bloody sock in the 2004 American League Championship Series — shared a meme that commented on North Carolina’s bathroom law.
The image portrayed an overweight man in a blond wig and a leather mini skirt, and the text read “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!” To that, Schilling added, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what you are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Read more: Patriot Post
Here is Ryan T. Anderson:
ESPN Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling. What Rights Do People of Faith Have?
ESPN has fired Curt Schilling. The company said that his speech went against company values because ESPN is “an inclusive company.”
What’s at stake here?
Curt Schilling has a right to say biological men don’t belong in women’s bathrooms in whatever controversial way he wants. And ESPN has a right to give Caitlyn Jenner the “Arthur Ashe Courage Award” for being a men’s sports icon who now publicly identifies as a woman. And whether we agree or disagree with Schilling’s message or ESPN’s isn’t the point.
The bigger issue is that ESPN, like any other company, has a right to control its message, which means it should be generally free to make employment decisions based on its values, not Curt Schilling’s, and certainly not the government’s.
The same is true for religious institutions, only more so. While ESPN is committed to being “inclusive,” it’s a large corporation whose main focus is reporting sports in ways that make money. Religious institutions and some family businesses, on the other hand, have more robust substantive commitments driven by faith, not profits alone.
Read more: Patriot Post
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