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Re: Willingness to share a position statement?

On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 12:38:25PM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 12:32:31PM +0100, Gerardo Ballabio wrote:
> >Matthias Klumpp wrote:
> >> Inclusivity and tolerance does not mean we have to accept every opinion as equally valid.
> >
> >Equally valid -- no.
> >Legitimate to express -- yes.
> >
> >I am really worried about the increasing trend (not specific to
> >Debian) towards demanding that people who hold "dissenting" opinions
> >be removed from their positions, excluded from the public debate, and
> >even fired from their jobs, which if universally applied would make
> >them unable to earn a living. That is what dictatorial regimes do --
> >often while maintaining a facade of freedom: "Nobody is being
> >prevented from speaking, we're just making their life miserable
> >because we don't like what they're saying". That's exactly what's
> >happening with the current political correctness storm. Say one bad
> >word and your life might be ruined.
> Freedom of speech does *not* mean freedom from consequences.

Discrimination based on opinion is a human rights violation equal to
discrimination based on skin colour or gender.

  Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this
  Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour,
  sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social
  origin, property, birth or other status.
                                   Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I do consider it deeply disturbing that many Open Source
Code of Conducts are basically a rewording of this part of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - but without protection
against discrimination based on opinion.

> If you say unpopular, controversial things then it's entirely
> reasonable that people around you may evaluate you based on what
> you've said. They may decide that they don't want to listen to you any
> more. They may decide that they don't want to work with you any more,

Your position reminds me of times in my home country when train drivers 
and postmen were fired by the democratic government just for being a 
member of a communist party.

And of some other events a few decades earlier.


  Yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow,
  it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view.
                                                    Bernie Sanders

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