Thursday, June 16, 2011

"George Orwell Called, He Wants His Fiction Back"

[Before I start, I have to give proper credit to David M. Case -- a person whom I do not know and will probably never meet -- for the title of this post. I stole it from a Facebook comment he made because it was so apropos regarding the topic of this post.]

"The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed -- would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper -- the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."
~ George Orwell, 1984

Frank Turek is a first class public speaker, debater, radio host, and author. He is one of the most gifted communicators you will ever meet. I have attended his CrossExamined Instructor Academy apologetic training seminar and plan to return if I can. I consider him to be a friend. So it was hard for me to believe it when I read a story about him this afternoon. If you care at all about religious freedom, follow this link -- The Cisco Kid -- to read an open letter to the President of Cisco Systems and then think about whether or not our religious liberties are under siege in this country. If you doubt that the homosexual agenda is out to silence dissent and squash the freedom of those who disagree with it, you will have to read no further than this article to cast those doubts aside.

I have a few questions for John Chambers (the President of Cisco Systems, who fired Frank Turek):
  1. What is your stance regarding same-sex marriage? Does it disqualify you from heading your own company?
  2. How many Cisco employees share the same (private) views as Frank Turek? Are you going to hunt all of them down and fire them too?
  3. Why are you so spineless as to cave to the groundless demands of a single person who takes "offense" at the views of someone who has never shared those views with the "offended" one?
  4. Has your company been so successful because it only allows everyone to think the same way?
  5. Would you have fired Frank Turek if he had written a book that defended same-sex marriage?
Frank Turek fulfilled a contract with Cisco and did so in exemplary fashion. This was even admitted by the homosexual whiner whom he "offended." Frank never voiced his personal opinion about homosexuality. He never did anything to demonstrate his view of homosexuality. Frank Turek's crime was that he had the audacity to think the "wrong" kind of thoughts about the homosexual agenda. What he did was write a book that the complainer found when he Googled Turek's name after class one day. No doubt, this is the book he found: Correct, NOT Politically Correct To quote from it ...
"... the tide of political correctness has risen so much that it is now conservatives who need to be requesting tolerance (and most of us are not doing anything wrong!). Homosexual activists have a double standard. They want us to endorse their ideas, but they will not tolerate even hearing ours." (p. 90)
Dr. Turek's words could not have been more prescient. Unfortunately, they foretold a consequence that he would suffer himself because he considered it. But Frank has some other relevant thoughts about the "tolerance" issue that I think bear repeating ...
"The truth is we are called to go beyond tolerance to love. Tolerance is too weak. Tolerance says, "Hold your nose and put up with them." Love says, "Reach out and help them." Love does not allow us to be indifferent to acts that destroy other people, and it certainly doesn't allow us to endorse such acts." (p. 89)
Amen, Frank.

Frank Turek was fired from a company that didn't deserve him, by a president who lacked his courage and commitment, because of a whiner who has no concept of what real tolerance looks like. In other words, Frank Turek was treated unjustly because he stands for justice. For that reason, he should wear this incident as a badge of honor and never back down from telling the truth. Being the Jersey boy he is, I would never expect anything less.

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