A young person privately expresses views that are incompatible with those of their employer.
Someone notifies a national newspaper of these views.
The young person is fired and will likely struggle to find future employment in a similar field as a consequence.
A columnist writes a follow-up sarcastic opinion piece on the newly-unemployed person.
The public interest to justify publication; his
brother cousin is famous.
Let’s put it another way:
A private citizen had their private religious views made front page news and the newspaper contacted his employer for comment, presumably with the expectation the employer would act upon the information.
That’s the world in which we find ourselves in 2019. If you have impure thoughts you will be cancelled and, presumably pour encourager les autres, your family will be similarly targeted.
As we’ve previously stated, it is now clear that the Israel Folau case is the left’s chosen battleground for the culture war this year.
brother cousin, Josiah, has been targeted in this way further supports this hypothesis. It’s a tactic from the Soviets – not only do we want you to be punished publicly, but your family will be in our sights too.
That there seems to be little shock or surprise from the commentariat is also deeply worrying.
Peter Fitzsimons, for example, clearly didn’t think for one moment of what the consequences of this approach might be for his children, Billi, Louis and Jake. With two famous parents, this new standard makes them fair targets for analysis and scrutiny for thought crimes.
We will not enjoy where the road takes us if our private thoughts at the age of 23 are now legitimate front page material to serve one side or the other in a culture war.
UPDATE: Thanks to those who pointed out my reading comprehension skills are dusty and that Josiah is, in fact, Israel’s cousin, not brother. Of course, that’s even worse, isn’t it? What next, targeting the religious beliefs of their neighbours?