In the grand scheme of things, columnist Kevin Williamson being fired by The Atlanticisn’t exactly earth shattering. But it does signal yet another marker in a critical war on free speech.
First, the brief backstory. Last week, Williamson left National Review to take a job at The Atlantic. His departure was amicable, and he was merely taking another opportunity. A few days later, however, he was fired for old and long-since deleted tweets and a podcast years ago. Nonetheless, Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg blamed the firing on Williamson’s “carefully considered views” on abortion — specifically, that abortion is murder and, therefore, doctors and perhaps even mothers who kill unborn babies should face punishment up to and including capital punishment.
Williamson’s views, born of his own experience of having not been aborted but given up for adoption, are not the subject here; the intolerant mob of leftists is. But, ironically, if Williamson had championed stabbing a partially born infant in the neck, dismembering it and maybe selling a few organs — as rabidly pro-abortion leftists do in not so many words — he’d still have a job.
Instead, he was fired because one of the sacraments of the leftist religion is abortion, and that religion’s first commandment is “Thou shalt not ever criticize a woman for making that choice.” Thus Williamson’s views were not only far beyond the pale but evidence that we really are living in the dystopian “Handmaid’s Tale.”