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April 30, 2014

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Managers at both the NBA and Mozilla acted to protect their brands.

That's part of their job.

Perhaps the actions of the managers even reflect their personal views.

Same thing with A&E.

And World Vision.

(It's hard to say what the personal views of the latter two managements might be since they both expressed opposite views within days of each other.)
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On the show, Greg "The Mentor" Koukl said he didn't understand 'the details' of the Sterling case.

And then, he illustrated his lack of understanding by asking, 'How can you force a man to sell his own property?'

These lifetime bans and fines and forced sales are all things Sterling agreed to be subject to when he bought in. Legally enforceable franchising bylaws: that's how you can force a man to sell 'his own property'.

Greg could have looked that up before speaking because this is not a 'detail' at all, but 'where he starts to get uneasy'.

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Of course the concern motivating Greg is real.

There probably will be Christians loosing high profile positions with big organizations for 'expressing offensive points of view' regarding LGBTQ people. A manager is responsible for protecting the bottom line and the image of the brand. If your views about LGBTQ people threaten your company's bottom line or its brand, then you are at risk.

When that happens, though, those Christians will not be getting singled out. Or persecuted. Or oppressed. Anyone who becomes a problem for his brand for any reason - not just expressing offensive views - risks a similar result.

The quotations from the mayor and the NAACP were not just the 'cultural elites' deciding to punish people on their own. To a large extent, these people are also responding to, or anticipating, public pressure.

Also, Greg's assumption was dubious: that the Mayor and the NAACP consciously used 'bigotry' in their statements instead of 'racism' to bring LGBTQ concerns into the picture.

The reality of your concern? That public opinion is not so strongly with you as it once was. Loss of unmerited privileged.

Boo hoo.

Sterling will probably challenge the case against him in court.

During that trial, the recordings that provide the most damning evidence against him (the most damning evidence that he is just like a lot of other NBA owners, but had the bad form to get recorded) will probably be excluded because they were obtained illegally.

And that will likely be the end of that. Unless, of course, Sterling also seeks damages against the NBA.

Of course, even with his penchant for suing people, Sterling is a very wealthy 80-year man. Maybe he'll just let it pass. Though I wouldn't bet on the NBA getting a thin dime from him. By-laws or no by-laws, the NBA doesn't want to go to court with evidence that will probably be excluded.

Then again, judges have a history of ignoring the law when it suits them. So you can never be sure (that's why I said "probably").

"The reality of your concern? That public opinion is not so strongly with you as it once was. Loss of unmerited privileged. Boo hoo."

Somewhat disingenuous as I'm sure you wouldn't be so flippant were it happening to you. And I'm talking real persecution here, not some smoke & mirrors "discrimination" argument.

However, following the example of Jesus Christ, I rejoice that we are counted worthy to be spurned for His Name's sake.

"“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you." - John 15:18. The mark of ultimate depravity, that someone would take THE supreme act of love in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins and spit in His face.

@RonH

Appreciate your honesty, vis-à-vis "boo hoo".

Knowing the true color of one's stripes is useful.

What merits privilege, in your view?

@RonH

... And further, you therefore oppose any form of whistleblowing that "damages the brand", right?

Or do you want to refine your bombast?

I feel a somewhat distant future book to come: "Ronspierre" -"The Fool As Revolutionary". Maybe a future Otto Scott will provide the work.

WL,

Yup. Sterling might very well fight and win.

Still, the bylaws explain how you can force a man to sell his 'own property'.

And,if the NBA loses or folds because evidence is excluded they will still avoid the consequences they'd have suffered had they not acted against Sterling.

cal ronklin,

Examples of what I mean by unmerited privilege:

Blue laws. Laws that make homosexuals presumed criminals. Christian prayers that open official government meetings. Special tax treatment.

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