The 21st century secular left in the United States purports to value multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion, and tolerance as paramount virtues. However, its systematic effort to purge Christian and conservative voices from the public sphere belies its flowery rhetoric.
Are you a Christian health care professional? Some Christian nurses have been ordered by their employers to participate in abortion procedures. Do you want to open a Christian adoption agency? The State of New York will shut you down if you decline to place children in same-sex households. Start a Christian lobbying group? Watch out: The speech police at the Southern Poverty Law Center might brand you a hate group—and if they do, rest assured that the mainstream media will shout it from the mountaintops. Want to open a florist shop? You’d better design arrangements for same-sex “weddings.” A cake shop? You’d better bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples—and for Satanists, too. Otherwise, it’s off to court for you. An event hall? The State of New York fined the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm for declining to hold a same-sex “wedding” in the very same building where they live. A pro-life pregnancy center? Some New York legislators want to force you to read prospective clients a script informing them that you don’t provide abortions. A federal judge with pro-life views? If Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has her way, your nomination will get derailed before it gets near the Senate floor.
The idea is to attack anyone who refuses to bow to the left’s altars (homosexuality, abortion, and—more recently—transgenderism). The desired result? Punish the outspoken Christians and scare all the others into silence (or, at a minimum, into refraining from speaking the truth outside of their homes and churches). Judging by Chick-fil-A’s shameful capitulation to the left, the strategy is working.
Recently, a Canadian bioethicist named Udu Schuklenk matter-of-factly advocated “barring students with unwanted sanctity-of-life ethics from admission into medical school.” According to Schuklenk, “‘Medical schools, pharmacy schools should go out of their way to basically eliminate applicants who they know already will not provide these [abortion] services.’” Writing for National Review, Wesley Smith asserts that Schuklenk and his fellow travelers are “deadly serious about crushing all dissent within the medical professions to emerging cultural paradigms, and plan to morally cleanse the ranks of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and institutions of all wrong thinkers, particularly of the religious and pro-life kind.”