INTOLERANCE by Any Other Name — Firing Someone for SIGNING Maryland Petition to Let Voters Decide if They Want SSM!

SEE the new TV spot about the dangers of Question 6 — intolerance toward those who believe in marriage and the right of citizens to decide.


2 thoughts on “INTOLERANCE by Any Other Name — Firing Someone for SIGNING Maryland Petition to Let Voters Decide if They Want SSM!

  1. Glad to see Bob Smith remembered — what happened to him was INTOLERANCE as well. Part of it here: Six years ago, Robert J. Smith was fired from his job on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for pretty much the same reason. The man who fired Smith, former Maryland Gov. Robert J. Ehrlich Jr., is a conservative to moderate Republican. And, to his credit, he didn’t whip out the “bigot” card on Smith.

    But Ehrlich did fire Smith for what the then-governor perceived as his not being onboard with the Ehrlich administration’s commitment to diversity. Ehrlich made a bad call then, and it’s still a bad call today.

    Smith was a regular panelist on a show in the D.C. area. One day he made the mistake of telling listeners how he truly felt about the issue of homosexuality. “Homosexual behavior, in my view, is deviant,” he said. “I’m a Roman Catholic.”

    He later explained: “The comments I make in public outside of my job I’m entitled to make [and] have absolutely nothing to do with running trains and buses and have not affected my actions or decisions on this board.”

    The issue wasn’t how he felt about homosexuality, but whether he made decisions that adversely affected gays and lesbians in his job as a WMATA board member. He didn’t. Smith was fired for the same reason McCaskill is on (wink, wink) “administrative leave” — for having an opinion that members of the LGBT community and their supporters don’t entertain.

    There was a time we called that McCarthyism. What should we call it today?


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