What if your personal values were dictated by your employer? Former Major League baseball pitcher and now former ESPN commentator Curt Schilling, has to be wondering if that is not the case.
Schilling was canned by the national sports broadcaster after commenting on a cartoon on Facebook that was poking fun at the transgender restroom debate. The image was of a man in women’s clothing, or a transgender female depending on which side of the debate you stand. Schilling commented “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
EPSN’s response – “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Don’t get me wrong. I think an employer definitely has the right to censor an employee’s public speech if it is deemed threatening to the public relations of the company. If you are a Coca-Cola drinker, that’s fine, but if you drive the Pepsi-Cola delivery truck, you probably should not be caught with a Coke in your hand while driving the company truck.
So yes, ESPN can fire Schilling for his comments.
But to do so with the stated reason of inclusion, well that rings false to me.
Inclusive = open to everyone, not limited to certain people.
Under that definition, ESPN obviously is NOT inclusive, as it has fired Schilling because he has an opinion contrary to the current political correctness that is holding our country hostage. He was fired for sharing a cartoon on Facebook demonstrating his moral objection to allowing men to use women’s bathrooms.
ESPN is continuing the illogical mantra of true bigotry – I’m going to boycott you because of my deeply held personal beliefs that you should ignore your own deeply-held personal beliefs and no longer personally believe anything dissimilar to what a small, vocal and voracious minority is force feeding the public to swallow as acceptable.
The company is anything but inclusive. It is excluding Schilling because, he like nearly two thirds of Americans do not support mixed-sex bathrooms. His employment was terminated because he spoke up about laws being championed as inclusive for offering choice to, according to census data, the 1 in 2,500 Americans who have changed from one sex to the other.
So what about the 2,499 out of 2,500 who are still classified as the same sex they were born? Obviously, they can all choose to use the bathroom of the opposite sex if it suits them. If I was a 16-year-old boy again, it might sound like a good idea to give me free access to the women’s locker room, but now I’m a protective father of three daughters.
While being able to cross over to the other side might be nice when waiting in that long line at a concert or a ball game, my concern is the risk we are opening ourselves to in order to try and not hurt the feelings of a very, very, very small minority of people.
Basically we are bending over backwards to be inclusive, and in doing so, are now going to open the restroom door to pedophiles, rapists and perverts who will be more than happy to be included with the true transgender folks who now feel more comfortable in the restroom of the opposite sex to which they were born.
But, I’m not just defending Curt Schilling because I agree with him.
I’m troubled by how one side uses “inclusive” as a get out of jail free card to justify an action but doesn’t stick to it as a true mission statement of operation.
If ESPN is going to stand up for transgender restrooms with an ideal not to exclude, will it then go to battle for the male basketball player who wants to be included in the Women’s National Basketball Association? Good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Well since there is no propaganda machine currently championing such a move, the WNBA is safe for now from the domination of Michaela Jordan.
The company’s statement should have read “ESPN is like the rest of corporate America, a prisoner to our fear of standing up for what is right. Instead we will cower behind the label inclusive, so as not to offend, well at least not to offend anyone who will say anything, since we know the silent majority, is just that, silent.”
It’s ironic that this issue centers around transgender bathrooms, since America’s new-found allegiance to so called inclusion basically is flushing down the toilet the majority’s right to privacy, topped off with a plunger to force into the sewer individuals’ freedom to share personally-held beliefs.