Diversity of Views: A Hallmark of American Life

The Keating Center supports and has definite opinions about the ideas of capitalism, free enterprise and Constitutional liberties. We believe that America is the home of the free and the brave, and we will fight to keep it that way. But what does that entail? The best way to direct the future of this great nation, and the best to protect our freedoms is constantly up for debate.

As Katrina Trinko wrote for the Heritage Foundation, “Diversity of views is a hallmark of American life. We don’t agree on taxes, income inequality, welfare, Obamacare and a thousand other issues – and so we debate them in elections, on talk shows and in town halls. That’s how it should be.” 

The discussions about the best ways to direct the future of America, and the best ways to safeguard our freedoms for future generations are discussions that are celebrated at the Keating Center. This is why the resignation of Mozilla’s chief executive Brendan Eich is disheartening. He resigned due to intense pressure from those who disagree with his support of Proposition 8, which defined marriage as in between a man and a woman.

Whether or not you agree with Eich’s past position on marriage- which by the way, our President held the same view- do you believe that he, or anyone, should be “fired and excluded, banished from polite society” because of his differing views? If we do continue to fire, exclude, and banish people who hold dissenting opinions, soon, all of our opinions will be homogenous and we will lose some of freedom that is essential to the architecture of America.

We do not believe this should continue. While the Keating Center has definite view points, we support the “marketplace of ideas” and believe in the value of discussion. As Trinko wrote, “diversity of views is a hallmark of American life.”

To read Katrina Trinko’s full article click HERE. 

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