- - Friday, April 11, 2014

It saddens me to see my country, America, the great symbol of freedom around the world, become something it was never meant to be: a country that punishes and silences dissent. The Washington Times contains one article after another reporting on how our liberties are being taken away under the guise of political correctness.

Professor Mike Adams of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington was denied a promotion and suffered loss of pay in retaliation against his conservative philosophy (“Court rules bias at University of North Carolina-Wilmington against conservative professor,” Web, April 9). We conservatives won on this one, though a little late, when a federal court ordered that the professor be given back pay.

In another piece, Somali-born women’s rights activist and sometime critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali had an offer of an honorary degree and speaking engagement at Brandeis University revoked because her views did not align with those of the liberal university (“Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls Brandeis decision to cancel speech ‘deplorable,’” Web, April 9). We see this trend of conservative and religious intolerance as well as punitive action being carried out against freedom of speech on campuses and in businesses more and more frequently.

Yet another disturbing piece reported that emails from Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, to the Internal Revenue Service show collusion to target and attack Tea Party groups (“Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group,” Web, April 9). This behavior from a sitting member of Congress who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and a government agency found guilty of singling out and attacking innocent Americans is appalling and treasonous.

A few days ago we witnessed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich being forced out of his job for having donated $1,000 in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, California’s traditional-marriage law (“Mozilla CEO Brenden Eich steps down after Prop 8 donation outcry,” Web, April 3). This was was the same view held by President Obama in 2008. When we get to the point where we become afraid to speak out because of retribution from the thought police, we have already lost our liberty. Religion and conservatism have become enemies of the state.

I want my country back.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights