Editor’s note: This letter is by Tom Licata, a resident of Burlington.
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.
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.