Donald Sterling's Scarlet Letter

by Will

Liberty Minute May 2 2014                                      

 

 

Donald Sterling, the billionaire real estate mogul who owns the NBA's LA Clippers franchise, has been fined $2.5 million by the league, which also banned him for life after a recording surfaced of racist comments he made to his girlfriend.

 

The NBA is entitled to impose on Sterling whatever sanctions are authorized in its contract with him. Sterling, a married octogenarian who keeps company with a woman young enough to be his granddaughter, has a history of making derogatory comments about non-whites. Yet as Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo pointed out, business competition made it necessary for a man with bigoted views to employ many young black men, and make millionaires out of his most productive employees.

 

HL Mencken once defined Puritans as the kind of people who are haunted by the suspicion that somewhere, somebody might be enjoying himself. Those who subscribe to the post-Christian variety of Puritanism that afflicts our country are similarly obsessed with the idea that somebody somewhere might be entertaining politically incorrect thoughts, or giving voice to bigoted opinions.

 

As the case of Donald Sterling demonstrates, such people are likewise primed and eager to engage in orgies of accusation and vilification whenever those illicit sentiments are given expression.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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