To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man – greetings!
― George Orwell, 1984
It seems I made a mistake this morning and woke up in a foreign country where it is always 1984:
Brad Avakian, Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and acting Minister of Thoughtcrime, wrote that Sweet Cakes owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must “cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.”
Examples of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”
Go here to read the rest.
Governments cannot forbid people to speak, at least that used to be the case in the United States of America. Here is the Freedom of Speech provision of the Oregon Constitution:
No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right.
Of course traditional rights are to be cast to the winds if they stand in the way of new rights, which apparently now includes the right of a gay couple to get $135,000 bucks from a small mom and pop operation politely declining to bake them a wedding cake.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. Our own government increasingly resembles the type of tyranny our forefathers revolted against.