"Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly," he tweeted.
"We don't even need to change everybody's mind. Making people too embarrassed to express their anti-gay views is valuable progress," he added a minute later.
Translation: "Progress" means creating an environment where people are free to express only those opinions he agrees with. Those who do not march in lock step with the radical left on gay issues should be shamed into silence.
Newsbusters' Kristine Marsh called Barro a "budding totalitarian" and noted that he certainly has a "bully pulpit" to spread his tyrannical message. In addition to being named one of President Obama’s favorite columnists, Time magazine said he had one of top 10 best Twitter feeds of 2013. Moreover, Marsh said, he contributes to one of the most popular political blogs, with over 57,000 followers. How many of those readers fully agree with his anti-free speech attitude, however, is unknown.
Writing at RedState, Erick Erickson said that in order for Barro to get his way, "society will have to go where only totalitarian societies like to go." He noted, however, that when it comes to what the left calls "tolerance," liberal totalitarianism "knows no bounds."
"Certainly I’d like to think Barro doesn’t have extermination of the religious at mind, but then King Henry never said to kill Thomas a Becket. He just openly pondered about who would rid him of that turbulent priest," he added. "There are a whole lot of turbulent priests who’d need to be silenced to get rid of what Barro believes are 'anti-LGBT attitudes.'”
As we have reported many times, the radical left seeks to silence anyone with whom they disagree, all in the name of "tolerance." The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Discrimination, for example, has openly said it seeks to censor those who do not agree with their agenda. In 2011, a Florida teacher was suspended for opposing gay marriage and faced termination.
There are many stories of individuals being censored because of their views on gay marriage. Brendan Eich, the co-founder and former CEO of Mozilla, was ultimately forced out of his position because of a donation he made to a pro-traditional marriage group. A&E sparked a huge backlash after it suspended Phil Robertson for a short time and HGTV angered many after canceling a show featuring Christian brothers who oppose the radical gay agenda.
Sometimes, liberals don't stop at just censoring those who hold views they don't like. In May 2012, 16-year-old Madeleine McAulay received death threats after she made a YouTube video supporting traditional marriage. An Arizona business owner and her children also received death threats for supporting a religious freedom bill. In July 2011, gay sex columnist Dan Savage told HBO's Bill Maher he wished all Republicans were dead.
Liberals like Barro like to claim they're for "tolerance," and support free speech. Unfortunately, their idea of "free speech" and "tolerance" often means, "think as I tell you to think or shut up." Oddly enough, that's the same notion of "free speech" used in 20th century dictatorships like Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union.