Sean Avery and the Question of Tolerance

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Let’s be clear: There are no anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-white, anti-insert-your-favorite-color/flavor-here, anti-woman or anti-any-group-on-Earth comments here.  But PC media bullying says there is, and in the Orwellian world in which the PC-crowd runs, well, as George himself said, “Some are more equal than others.”

At its core, the virus of Political Correctness is a viewpoint that certain groups are allowed to say certain things, and certain groups are not.  Certain groups are legitimate subjects for jokes, certain groups are not.  Which group is fashionable at any particular time changes depending on elitist opinion in concert with political winds.

The strangest thing about Political Correctness: Political Correctness does not tolerate diversity of opinion, and the people who are preaching “tolerance” practice no such thing.

It’s impossible for the PC-crowd to disagree without smearing the opposition.  Smear them and they’ll call you a “McCarthyite”.  But when the PC-crowd smears you, it’s fair game.

The feeling that the PC virus engenders is one of fear: Fear of being smeared.  Fear of being misrepresented.

To challenge a totem issue of the PC-crowd is to be tarred a racist, sexist, a homophobe.  What’s worse, as evidenced by the spineless corporate weasels at Rogers Sportsnet, you could lose your job for simply stating an opposing view.

“I’m a little disappointed in some of the response,” said Reynolds according to the Canadian Press. “If you oppose a viewpoint, you’re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That’s obviously not the case for people who know me. I don’t hate anyone and I’m certainly not a bigot.”

Reynolds is absolutely spot-on right about his treatment.

It’s not enough for Avery’s supporters to engage in an argument with an opponent.  The opponent must be smeared, branded a bigot or something similar that reeks of “untouchable” and fired if possible, as in the case of Damian Goddard, an anchor at a popular Canadian sports TV network.

“I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” said Goddard on his personal Twitter account.

Since we live in a tweeter-licious age, the TV network joined the fray, the virus of political correctness striking fear in their corporate hearts.

“Today’s tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet,” an entirely fair statement from Rogers.  But that wasn’t enough.  The next day, Goddard was fired for his views.


Entirely motivated by fear, Mr. Rashford and the gutless corporate suits he represents know that this is entirely politically motivated.   Rashford issued a tepid statement on behalf of his bosses.  In a statement, Sportsnet spokesman Rashford said: “Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization.”

First sign of a corporate coward: Rashford states that “in recent weeks” Goddard was “not the right fit.”  Yeah, sure.  This is entirely attributable to events of recent days, not weeks.  That’s obvious.

Second sign of a corporate coward: Rashford relays that Goddard was “a freelance contractor” so that he can worm his way out of association with the subject of his smear.

Rogers Sportsnet is bound by the concept of free speech and inquiry; of objectivity, but I don’t see any of Avery’s supporters being fired, nor should they be.  It’s a double standard.

It’s worth noting that neither Mr. Goddard nor Mr. Reynolds said anything hateful toward gay people.  No matter to the PC cops: Goddard lost his job.  Fear wins.  Shut your mouth if you have something unfashionable to say.

Goddard’s firing is an absolute shame, executed by people who hide behind the Trojan horse of a “Tolerance” that they do not practice.  I pray that Goddard has a good lawyer, because Rogers deserves a fight.

Sad to see Sean Avery’s brave act against intolerance be upstaged by intolerance itself.

So much for tolerance.

Avery’s PSA can be viewed online.

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  • geez

    Agree with us or keep your mouth shut. If not, bad things happen to you… that truly is the cowards way. pc=pure crap

  • James

    So calling someone an ignorant religious bigot is OK because being politically correct is bad?

  • AJ Weberman

    I did not read the second part of the article when I commented. The guy was fired for opposing gay marriage. PC restricts freedom as it forces you to think in the liberal direction and not use words that represent thoughts that are not PC. It is basically liberal fascism. There is no conservative PC.

    • marie friedman

      I agree with you
      The sportscaster was entitled to his own opinions/beliefs and it was wrong to fire him.
      The PC "police" are going way too far.

  • Max

    I love the argument "I don't hate [minority group] but I believe [status quo] shouldn't be changed."

  • PAthena

    "I agree with Avery on this one: It’s none of this writer’s business who wants to marry."
    It surely is my business who wants to marry, which is why marriage is a legal institution. I object to polygamy, child marriage, incestuous marriages, and ":marriage" between members of the same sex. Adult homosexuals can live with whomever they please with whatever financial arrangements they want. But marriage is quite different – I do not want homosexual couples adopting children, for example.

  • Wes

    First is was "just let us live our lives". Next it was " we are normal like you, same only different". Now it is " approve of our behaviour and lifestyle choices or be destroyed".
    There is no tolerance on the left or amongt the homosexual activists. The deep seated need for approval is needed to overcome the conscience, that must, at all costs be silenced. Demand equal rights all you want, but please explain how it is in any way loving to promote and champion behaviour that shortens the lives of the participants?
    1% of the population demands that the other 99% not only provide negative tolerance, but now they want, no, demand positive affirmation. PC at it's worst, promoting behaviour that destroys the participants. So who are the real haters??

  • Mike

    I don't really know where this article is really going. First it seems to say that it's good to support homosexuality but then it's bad to do so. Then it rambles about Political Correctness. Its trying to give a tolerance message, except that tolerance isn't necessarily a good thing.

    Anyone who thinks that homosexuals are or were ever "oppressed" are really delusional or bought into the PC crowd. The truth is that homosexuals are never treated as second class citizens unlike black people or women.

    Why does Sean Avery needs to be applauded for supporting homosexuality anyways? Why can't the article just say that Avery didn't necessarily did the wrong thing or the likes or that his (neutral) efforts are derailed by the PC crowd who tried to support him and such. But no, he must be applauded as if the author's trying to appeal to the homosexual readers or something.

  • kblink45

    Is hockey really so popular among gay people that a backlash would hurt ratings? I doubt it. This is not an economic response, but an irrational one based in fear. Either the company's lawyers fear future litigation or its executives fear being made uncomfortable at cocktail parties. Either way: very effective strategy. Maybe we should adopt it.

  • BEM

    This article is all over the place. It not anyones business what you do if you are not harming another. Mind your own business and maybe we can all get along.

  • Trent

    I'm gay. I like hockey.

    • ajnn

      I am not gay and I do not like hockey. I am deeply disturbed at one of someone else's nation's most cherished traditions has been hijacted by the gay agenda.

      As soon as i determine which nation's cherished tradition has been hijacted I will support them unconditionally.

      seriously : it is sad that the guy lost his job for saying something controversial. i wonder why he wanted to comment on this issue ?

      • Damien

        lol "gay agenda".

        What a joke.

  • Jason

    I think this author is not being completely honest;

    "(I agree with Avery on this one: It’s none of this writer’s business who wants to marry)."

    I doubt that includes brothers who want to marry sisters, brothers who want to marry brothers, sisters who want to marry sisters, fathers/sons, mothers/daughters, etc. At least be honest that you're still selective in who may marry…..that is, unless you think family members should be able to marry.

  • SeaMystic

    History repeating itself? Israel is being set up, as Czechoslovakia was in the 30s. Chamberlaine has reincarnated. If the Democracies had stood firm prior to the dismantling of Czechoslovakia, the War might have cost 100,000 casualties. The result of submitting to Hitler, cost about 47 million casualties within 8 years.
    Prepare for Total War against Islam now to salvage Democracies, otherwise think Enslavement or Billions of casualties in the next few years.
    Sign the "Ban Islam" petition at:

  • Joe Hockey Dad

    Consider the venue for this article… A blog for whining white people how think their lives have been hijacked by scary people who aren't exactly like them or don't think exactly like them. Call it "Tea Bagger Correctness"

    • ajnn

      "Tea Bagger Correctness". Please trot your hate speech out the door and stay away you conservative-hating bigot.

      Bigotry can encompass more than race or religion. It can include ethnic identity and core beliefs.


    Joe Hockey Dad… Maybe a nice game of powder-puff touch football is more your speed? Marriage is between one man and one woman. Those who want to make that change will destroy America – which was built on founding principles. One of those is traditional marriage. Go marry your goat for all I care – but do it in Canada JHD. Where men are men, and sheep are nervous.

    • Colin

      "Marriage is between one man and one woman of the same race." ~ Bobzilla in 1967.

      • ajnn

        who is bobzilla ? is he a real person ?

        • Colin

          Apparantly, unless fake people post here.

  • Lucas

    I don't hate gay people, I just think they shouldn't be afforded the same rights as everybody else. /sarcasm

  • TJ Gray

    Saying that homosexuals should not be allowed to marry is inherently anti-homosexual… the two cannot be separated from each other…. insert any other social subgroup into those statements and people would be outraged; "I am not anti-Semitic but I don't believe Jews should be able to marry"…. or how about "I'm not racist but I believe in the traditional definition of marriage between one white man and one white woman"… If you do not fully support full equality for all Americans, than you are bigoted by omission… As JFK said about the African American's struggle for civil rights:

    "A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality."

  • Hank

    I have been in a same sex marriage since 2008 (when it was legal for a short time in California); since then, nothing has gone wrong with the sanctity of marriage, or divorce for other kinds of marriage. People think too much.