The “Pennsylvania Patriot” newspaper decided that the highest expression of patriotism is to ban opinions it doesn’t like on the issue of gay marriage – specifically those against it. In an advisory they published the day that the Supreme Court handed down its decision, they explained their new policy:
As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage
That was it! That’s how easy you can wipe out the voice of your political opponents! Of course, they were immediately excoriated on social media for their pretty fascist insistence on shutting out political dissent.
Later, they amended their new policy to make it sound less… well… fascist:
As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.
These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.
We will, however, for a limited time, accept letters and op-Eds on the high court’s decision and its legal merits.
The march of progress is often slow, but it is always steady.
But given the fact that they were so quick to ban dissent, I find it difficult to believe that this new policy will be instituted in good faith.
More “tolerance” liberally sprinkled from the left side of the aisle.