Consider this scenario:
A man makes a private donation to a political campaign regarding a bill on a contentious subject. For legal and tax purposes, these donations, while private, are recorded by the government. Someone at the government, however, doesn't like the campaign, and leaks the donor list to an activist group which publicizes it and whips up a group of angry protestors to picket outside his house and workplace. Buckling under pressure, the company folds and fires the man for making a private donation to a political cause.
Does that sound just to you?
The man in question was an employee of the Mozilla Corporation who made a political donation in support of Prop 8 in California, a bill opposed to the legalization of gay marraige. The agency which leaked the donor list with his name on it was the IRS. Now, having said that, I'm curious how many people's opinions just changed.
Whatever your thoughts on gay marriage, Prop 8, etc., seriously stop and ask yourselves - is that REALLY what we want this country to turn into? Sign the wrong petition, donate to the wrong candidate or cause - in short, commit thoughtcrime - and the next thing you know, you'll have an angry mob baying at your door and potentially lose your livelihood?
There's a reason we have a private ballot in this country, to prevent intimidation tactics from influencing people's votes. We need to ask ourselves, are we really willing to throw that out the window at the first convenience because it serves a cause we agree with. Curious of others' thoughts on this.
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I agree, that's a dangerous precedent to set, basically allowing people to lose their jobs based on the opinions they hold. This is FAR from the only example, this kind of thing has become very common and its not healthy for a free society. I don't care what opinion they held, they should not be fired for it1