Commentary

Licata: persecution in Burlington

by Tom Licata

Persecutive and disturbing are two adjectives to describe the banning of the Burlington Ward 3 City Council Republican candidate from the old North End’s Facebook group.

Tom Licata

Christopher-Aaron Felker has been denied access to some 1500 Ward 3 potential voters while the other two candidates have full access. Felker’s transgression, according to the Old North End’s Facebook moderator Holly Beckert, is that Felker is a known “transphobic” whose “hate speech” “doesn’t sit right with me”.

Felker’s campaign says his “view is shaped by his religious faith and in line with the Catholic Church.”

This kind of censorship in Vermont politics should not be tolerated.

Believing that men are born men and that women are born women are the beliefs of all the major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Apart from religion, Natural Law, the moral basis of our nation, shares these views.

What’s going on is a kind of purge of reason, for ideology. It’s a kind of postmodern or social constructionist worldview.

The citizens of Burlington, its media and its political class should publicly condemn the banning of Candidate Christopher-Aaron Felker from the Old North End’s Facebook group.

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11 replies »

  1. Children learn how to behave on the playground mostly by observation. This particular batch of children in Burlington politics may have learned from Bernard Sanders. Sanders has always played by whatever rules got him what he wanted. If the moderator of the facebook group wants to take her ball and go home, so be it. Her actions exemplify the “progressive” movement in Burlington.
    Unfortunately, they also are indicative of what Vermont politics has become as well.

  2. Our Constitution, in the words of John Adams, “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

  3. Thank you — so clear. These attacks on candidate Arron-Felker draw a clear line. Do the constituents of the 3rd ward buy this kind of vicious slander or will they vote for a man of character like Christopher. Let’s step up Burlington, time for a civic renaissance. Bring our unique urban “City on a Hill” back into the light of Vermont pride.

  4. If Farcebook is going to be allowed to essentially engage in legal censorship of candidates for public office, then it’s high time to go after them with our antitrust laws. When they do their censorship at the behest of some element of the government then it IS GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP and it violates the First Amendment. And it’s not just religion that has a problem with recognizing the validity of “transgenderism”, it is the broad science of Biology that also has an issue with the argument that 56 gender identities exist. Any progressive who hypocritically points their long, bony finger of indignation at someone for being “anti-science” regarding climate change or vaccines needs to admit that real science only recognizes TWO GENDERS, determined genetically at conception.

  5. We are taught to think of bullying as a bad thing but in reality it is simply free speech. As long as a person does not go over the line and make actual threats speech should not be censored. If the feelings of some “persecuted” minority are hurt – too bad. That is how the cookie crumbles.

  6. Again the rabid liberals be it on the council or working for a publisher trying to always
    change history and our Constitution, when a progressive says the don’t like someone
    for what ever reason………. time to take notice, and start following the person they are
    trying to subdue.

    Wake up ward 3, time for a change, Felker sounds like the man for the job. As far as
    I’m concerned there are only ” TWO ” genders, everything else is a figment of ones
    imagination…….One more thing, God Help Us !!!!

  7. You might check out:
    https://virginiaproject.com/assets/pubs/legal/tvp-vs-neidig-1/TVP-vs-Neidig-1.pdf
    Please remember that I’ve been involved in Leftist activities for about 40 years. I believe in the rights of people to be homosexual, etc. Actually, I’ve seen that for about 60 years. I’ve been id irect danger of my life over Civil Disobedience 3 times. Indirectly once.
    What many of us risked life and limb over is the direct opposite of what so many Leftists today oppose.

    • You might want to dial back boasting about your involvement in communism. It is enough that you admit that you were wrong.

  8. It really is outrageous a kindergarten teacher with an attitude can silence a major party candidate from expressing his views on a community fb page.

  9. I submitted this commentary to my local Burlington Front Porch Forum yesterday afternoon and it was not published yesterday, nor today.

    Thus my reporting on the censorship of Burlington Ward 3 City Council Republican Christopher-Aaron Felker by the Old North End Facebook group, has resulted in the censorship of my reporting on it by my local Burlington Front Porch Forum.

    Irony personified.

    “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…”

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