For Slate, the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eichsimply isn’t enough. On Friday, the liberal publication called for a “purge” of anyone who supports traditional marriage and says those who donated to the campaign for Proposition 8 must be fired from their jobs.
“Why do these bigots still have jobs?” asked William Saletan.
“Let’s go get them,” he declared in a statement that seems to advocate violence against those with whom he disagrees.
“If we’re serious about taking down corporate officers who supported Proposition 8, and boycotting employers who promote them, we’d better get cracking on the rest of the list. Otherwise, perhaps we should put down the pitchforks,” he added.
Saletan actually called for a “purge,” posting lists of companies whose employees donated to the pro-traditional marriage push.
“The list isn’t complete,” he added, “but it’s a start.”
Among the companies listed are Allstate, AT&T, Bank of America and Google.
Another list shows 25 tech companies whose employees donated to Proposition 8. Verizon, Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are among those listed.
A third list shows companies that did not make the $10,000 mark, and includes DreamWorks, Time Warner and Warner Brothers.
Saletan admits the donations came from individuals who work for the companies, not the companies themselves.
What makes Saletan’s suggestion appalling is the notion that people who do not subscribe to left-wing dogma must be “purged” for simply holding an opinion contrary to his.
Even worse, the information came from 2008 tax documents leaked by the Obama IRS.
One blog post wondered:
Is this what the gay movement is about, now? You cannot hold the opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman? If you hold that opinion you will be ruined, destroyed, silenced, reeducated, branded?
It sure seems that way.
Andrew Sullivan, hardly a conservative stalwart, condemned the gay movement, expressing his disgust over Eich’s ouster.
“The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society,” he wrote. “If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”
One can only wonder: Are calls for death camps coming next?