On Friday, David Limbaugh posted an article at Townhall.com regarding the current state of the culture war. One major aspect of the culture war is limiting the free speech of those people and organizations that do not agree with the current politically correct values. Put simply, that means that Christian values are okay in the church, but not in the marketplace.
A group of students from Students for Life of America (SLA) were evicted from the Town Lake branch of the YMCA of Austin, Texas. The assistant branch director of the YMCA had agreed to let the students use the showers at the facility for the week of the “Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour.” Pro-choice members of the Y pressured the assistant branch director to end the agreement.
The article reports:
That’s right; certain members of the club complained that it would be “too political” to allow pro-lifers in the showers, so they pressured management to exclude the group. Too political? What?
Note that it wasn’t that the pro-lifers were carrying placards into the showers or proselytizing recalcitrant pro-aborts while toweling off. It was the mere presence of pro-lifers, even if they were minding their own business, that the pro-abort bullies found intolerable.
The SLA didn’t even have to say anything–they just needed to be guilty of existing.
The article further reports:
Brendan O’Morchoe, national director of field operations for SFLA, said: “We had absolutely no problems on Monday night when we used their facilities. The YMCA management was respectful, but some angry pro-abortion activists were being very aggressive with YMCA staff members, and the staff said they felt threatened. Unfortunately, the anger and rage from the pro-abortion protesters has created a toxic environment, even outside the Capitol building. It’s really a shame that the YMCA was bullied by these people. It just goes to show how pro-aborts operate every day.”
Freedom of speech means that everyone’s rights are protected. When any one group of people is excluded from the marketplace of ideas, we all lose. This is a trend that needs to be stopped now–otherwise bullying in the field of ideas will become a way of life, and those who do not agree with the current political correctness will lose their right to speak.