I found the recent Sports section article about the decision by Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney not to attend a Palmetto Family Council event both scary and a sign of our times.
The fact that Todd Rutherford, a Democratic state House member, would protest Swinney's appearance at the event in which the coach was scheduled to be honored is appalling. It is also disappointing that Swinney caved in to this pressure.
Rutherford objected because the group opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. Is Rutherford allowed to control whose views are allowed to be presented and whose are not?
Rutherford said the cancellation was "... a sign of the significant progress the state of South Carolina has made with respect to tolerance and equal rights."
If crushing free speech is progress, what is it progress toward?
It seems if you are a Christian and don't believe in things such as same-sex marriage and abortion, you are intolerant and against equal rights. I would suggest that Rutherford have his opinions and I'll have mine, and that we both speak them whenever and wherever we wish.
After all, this is a free country.