If you thought Atlantic editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg’s explanation for firing Kevin Williamson was weak before, get a load of this:
It appears Goldberg's concern that Kevin Williamson's abortion opinions would offend female staffers significantly motivated the firing. Possibly in a "workplace harassment" sense, which seems, uh, worrisome. https://t.co/Q4Iqajl0PQ pic.twitter.com/e1dTnFb9ww
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) April 5, 2018
“Worrisome” is putting it mildly. This feels like a very slippery slope.
Of a piece with the left’s long running effort to marginalize/criminalize any and all dissent. https://t.co/oQGHpj57yD
— High Capacity Mark ?? (@mcasil2016) April 5, 2018
Not that I agree with Williamson’s stance but are we saying a person can be fired for having an opinion now? When they have done nothing inappropriate to their co-workers?
— HornOfZeese (@MikeMegisis) April 5, 2018
if someone quietly had the belief that same sex marriage shouldn’t be legal, would that then constitute harassment against lgbt employees? Under this framework yes
— EmperorFreedom (@EmperorAxe) April 5, 2018
Words are callous and violent, but abortion isn’t? Am I missing something?
— Courtland Martens (@CourtMartensJD) April 5, 2018
The Left is definitely missing something. Like intellectual honesty. Not to mention several screws.
"Violent belief." Hasn't Ta-Nehisi Coates excused actual violence — physical, not verbal — in the pages of The Atlantic? https://t.co/zm05ai5zr4
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) April 5, 2018
Ah, but Coates excuses violence from a liberal perspective. So it’s all good!
This is precisely why this is asymmetrical. Kevin feels especially strongly about this issue b/c he's the sort of person who could – maybe would – have been aborted after 1973. They extend no similar empathy to how this affects *him* personally. https://t.co/93zeFUxCbU
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) April 5, 2018
It’s simple, really: Williamson is a conservative, and therefore not entitled to any effort on liberals’ part at understanding. Williamson hasn’t hanged any women who’ve had abortions and it seems like a pretty safe bet that he isn’t planning on starting. The only crime he’s actually guilty of is thoughtcrime. How ironic that a supposed beacon of free speech like the Atlantic is indulging the liberal lynch mob and punishing him for it.
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