‘I’m sick of purity tests’

Ricki is “sick of political purity tests for people.”

You know, if you hint that maybe, just, you know, maybe, it might be kind of okay if a photographer with strong beliefs to the contrary doesn’t want to take on the job of photographing a same-sex wedding, you suddenly become one to be shunned as a wrong-thinker.

Or, if you mention shopping at Hobby Lobby, because that’s literally the only craft store within 100 miles, you’re told “Oh, they oppress women (because, apparently, they won’t give their workers the Plan B pill for free). You shouldn’t shop there.”

Ricki has known people who’d pass the most progressive purity tests  –“and they were huge (forgive the word but it’s the only one that fits) douchebags. Just awful to other people, selfish, ungenerous, snarky.”

Mozilla forced out its new CEO, Brendan Eich, because he donated $1,000 to a California ballot measure opposing same-sex marriage in 2009.

Disgusting, writes Andrew Sullivan. “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.”

In 2009, Eich shared the view of gay marriage that Barack Obama held, instead of the view that Dick Cheney held, writes Instapundit.

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  1. Sonysunshine says:

    One gets the impression the most judgmental people are always on the “right” side of any issue. Just stick that finger up and see which way the wind is blowing. Nice and easy and safe.

  2. I’ve been blessed in life. Although I do hold strong opinions on SSM (same-sex marriage), I haven’t been put in job-threatening situations because of it. I do wonder whether those who would force a person out because they disagree with them, would also accept THEIR loss of a job due to their political positions.

    I truly doubt they would accept that.

  3. The irony of all this is the gay rights movement was about being left alone. Now we have a fascist framework being promoted by the gay establishment. I hold they are undermining the very system that makes it possible for them to live freely without fear of persecution. Which incidentally occurs regularly in Muslim countries.

  4. Anonymous NJ says:

    I dislike the purity tests too. If someone is pro-gay marriage, anti-death penalty etc that person still likely holds views and practices which are anti-progressive in someone’s eyes. Great, you support gay marriage, but didn’t you just eat sausages two days ago that came from a brutally treated pig? Great, you loudly despise any manifestation of sexism, but didn’t you fly across the country, produce tons of CO2, last week for a weekend visit somewhere?

    I am so annoyed by all my Fb friends who post again and again and again that they support gay marriage. So what. Supporting gay marriage doesn’t require any effort on your part. It’s just a sentiment. In 2014 you probably aren’t even risking offending anyone. It’s equivalent to attaching an American flag to your antenna post-9/11. It’s literally the least you can do.