Yesterday, speaking to the embassy staff in Ethiopia, United States Secretary of State John Kerry said this:
“This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or to live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago,” Kerry added.
“That’s not the way I think most people want to live.”
Earlier this month Pasadena Public Health Director Eric Walsh was placed on temporary paid administrative leave for remarks he made as a lay pastor in a sermon at his church in 2006 regarding homosexuality and women’s rights. Note that these comments were not made during work time and were not work related. In fact, they were made four years before he assumed his present position. Note also that his being put on administrative leave was in no way related to his job performance. Note also that Mr. Walsh broke no laws by his comments.
The clear message is that Mr. Walsh is not permitted to hold and express his own opinions regarding moral and spiritual issues. He can be released from his job merely by disagreeing with the opinions of the left, even though those opinions are diametrically opposed to ones held by most of the world and are diametrically opposed to the opinions of our nation up until several decades ago.
This oppressive, dictatorial, fascist-style abuse of power by the left brings us back to John Kerry’s pious condemnation: “Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe….” In light of this concern by John Kerry, I’m sure he will want to condemn the city of Pasadena for this action. Well, probably not.
The sentence partially quoted in the previous paragraph ends by Kerry speaking derisively about people who believe we should be guided by “…their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago.” The left not only rejects moral and religious principles established in previous millennia, but they also reject principles written several centuries ago in our Constitution. In fact, the only principles they believe people should adhere to are those which they make themselves. Here we find the arrogance of, “We know best, we reject moral principles on which civilization has been built, and we will force people to conform to our views.”
A rational response to the facts cited above would be to reinstate Eric Walsh and fire John Kerry.