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The Left’s Urge to Censor What We Read–And Think

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In a revealing letter to “The Ethicist” column in the New York Times Magazine, a Bay Area renter asked for moral guidance on handling his landlord. He described the man as a “nice guy” providing a below-market rental, but the correspondent felt uncomfortable when he saw a Christian magazine in his landlord’s mail, with cover stories “that suggest LGBTQ rights are undermining religious freedom and others about the dangers of educating children about gender diversity.”

While acknowledging that destroying his landlord’s mail would violate the law, the perplexed tenant asked: “Is it more ethical to give him this magazine, and perpetuate hate and inequality, or to occasionally just ‘lose’ this piece of mail once a month?” This inquiry shows the left’s powerful urge to censor what neighbors read, or think. It also displays the breathtaking arrogance and intolerance that lead more and more Americans to fear and resent the strident left with its toxic role in the culture.

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