A recent one Survey by RealClear Opinion Research revealed some insightful details about our current American moment:
- 47% of Democrats believe free speech should be legal “only in certain circumstances.”
- 34% of Democrats say Americans have “too much freedom.”
- 75% of Democrats say the government has a responsibility to censor “hateful” social media posts.
- Only 31% strongly agree with the statement, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
What does it look like in practice to live in a place where many, if not most, people believe that you can control what you say and what you think? Are you thinking of a college campus or perhaps an Antifa headquarters in a place like Portland, Oregon?
Oh no. It’s much worse.
How about we drive a few hours from my home in the heart of the red state of Iowa? Our destination is Eaton Corporation in Davenport, “a vibrant and progressive community” described as “the most livable small town in America.”
In Davenport, Corey Cunningham, a father of 11 children, was also laid off from his job in August. The 41-year-old’s employment was terminated because (checks notes) he wore T-shirts with Bible verses.
Yes, you read that correctly. Wearing Bible verses in the workplace is now a “criminal offense” in the heartland of a country that has turned its collective heart against God.
Cunningham had never publicly expressed his opinion until last summer, when the Easton Corporation decided to go completely pagan. In celebration of Pride Month, the rainbow flag was raised along with an invitation to purchase and wear LQBTQFU-supporting T-shirts with “#EatonPride” emblazoned on the front. Everything spelled in national… err …rainbow colors.
The company’s dress code states that office attire “shall not distract or impair the ability of others to work” or be “provocative” or “offensive.” Sounds good! If the rainbow “religion” receives full support in this sense, a Proverbs 16:18 t-shirt seems to be just the yin to the rainbow’s yang.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Unfortunately for Cunningham, one day he wore this “offensive” t-shirt and other days he wore a few others with quotes from Christian scriptures. And so began the emails and meetings and demands to change his clothes, to send him home from work, and to refusing to give him religious accommodations, until finally his job was threatened and he was eventually fired.
Keep in mind that as a quality manager, Cunningham has earned Six Sigma Black Belt status as an expert in his field. He was given important responsibilities and oversight to make a very large company as efficient and profitable as possible in manufacturing products for military applications.
Whatever. What speaks against the LGBTQ666 personality cult? It’s a cult that has, ironically, been reinforced by one of the Eaton jackboots with his own biblical references. Yes, one of the Eaton bosses actually told Cunningham that it was not okay to use scripture to raise awareness by heretically trying to Create awareness use the Holy Scripture.
You can’t make this up. And you don’t have to, because it’s a reality now. America now has a new religion, and the zeitgeist will not share its glory with another.
Old and broken: “Jesus died for us.” New poignancy: “Kneel before Zod.”
Legal counsel is now on site with Cunningham to help him deal with the aftermath of the allegation of “violating the workplace harassment policy.” In other words, Cunningham’s speech was deemed unworthy – or even blasphemous – by the high priests of the Eaton Corporation, which, as a military contractor, clearly understands the chain of command at work here: four legs good, two legs bad.
This Orwell guy obviously knew his stuff.
Cunningham, for his part, isn’t enjoying any of this. The biblical passage that guides him like all others is found in the Gospel of 1 Timothy, which exhorts Christians to lead a peaceful and quiet life.
Unless, says Cunningham, that would be like leading him to sin.
So he didn’t stay silent. He couldn’t do it. No matter how unpleasant things got, and I think we can all agree that now figuring out how to provide for a family of 11 without work counts as unpleasant. Because it was about something much bigger. souls. Truth. Reality. All of it.
Cunningham sees it the way God sees it: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.
“I don’t feel like putting myself in the spotlight,” Cunningham said. “If anything, it’s the exact opposite. My goal is to glorify God in every way and expose evil.”
Amen. Well done, good and faithful servant.