A Republican California state senator, Melissa Melendez, proposed two pieces of legislation to combat the discrimination and political persecution conservatives face for expressing their views publicly, known collectively as the “cancel culture.”
“It is unfathomable to me that corporations and members of the public would ruin a person’s career, business, and family because of their political ideology,” the senator said, according to a report in The Hill.
Ms. Melendez’s first proposal is called a “Diversity of Thought Act,” which would prevent a person from being denied a job, a lease, or a bank account because of his or her political ideology.
According to Fox News, in 2018, a homeowner made headlines in Sacramento for openly saying she would not sell her property to Trump supporters.
Similarly, in the extremely liberal environment of Silicon Valley, employees of entertainment and technology companies filed several lawsuits for being discriminated against because of their conservative political views.
Conservative actress and former MMA fighter, Gina Carano, was fired by Disney last week due to a tweet in which she made an analogy between the persecution of Jews and the current cancel culture … to ultimately be “canceled” herself.
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” the actress wrote.
The mob of leftists on Twitter called for the actress to be fired for her comments—validating the point she wanted to prove. Normalizing hatred of the one who thinks differently, violence against them can be justified.
Another high-profile case was former President Trump, who was accused of inciting the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. Even being the sitting president, he found several of his bank accounts closed, and all his social media accounts were permanently suspended. Many Republican congress members whom he supported in the campaign turned their backs on him, accepting the narrative created by the radical left of the Democrats and the mainstream media.
Melendez also introduced another bill that would amend the state’s education code to protect schoolchildren from harassment or bullying because of their political views.
“Cancel culture and the efforts to silence differing opinions and voices should be a growing concern for all of us,” Melendez said.
She added: “A climate of intolerance has been established and has stifled healthy and normal debate. Anyone who values their own freedom of speech should be concerned. This cannot and should not be allowed to continue.”