fired simply because he was the head of the National Rifle Association in Illinois. The media trapped him at the front entrance of a large trust company. The company was worried that its wealthy clients would be offended, but the guy was on his own time when he spoke to the media.
When did we become so polarized that we lost our ability to have a civilized discussion about complex issues?
by Patti Davis
I lost a job the other day. The people who had hired me figured out that I support stem-cell research (I don't know what took them so long) and pulled the plug on a lecture engagement for which they had vigorously pursued me.
Getting the news that I was canceled was one of those moments when one realizes that the personal really is political. I certainly support anyone's prerogative to hire or not hire whomever they choose, and I definitely don't want to work for someone who doesn't want me. But when people aren't permitted to speak because their opinions are considered inappropriate, it's a sign that something is amiss beneath the surface. Particularly, as in this case, when those opinions have nothing to do with the job itself.