It's another Thomas More moment.
Cromwell: Now, Sir Thomas, you stand on your silence.
Sir Thomas More: I do.
Cromwell: But, gentlemen of the jury, there are many kinds of silence. Consider first the silence of a man who is dead. Let us suppose we go into the room where he is laid out, and we listen: what do we hear? Silence. What does it betoken, this silence? Nothing; this is silence pure and simple. But let us take another case. Suppose I were to take a dagger from my sleeve and make to kill the prisoner with it; and my lordships there, instead of crying out for me to stop, maintained their silence. That would betoken! It would betoken a willingness that I should do it, and under the law, they will be guilty with me. So silence can, according to the circumstances, speak! Let us consider now the circumstances of the prisoner's silence. The oath was put to loyal subjects up and down the country, and they all declared His Grace's title to be just and good. But when it came to the prisoner, he refused! He calls this silence. Yet is there a man in this court - is there a man in this country! - who does not know Sir
Thomas More's opinion of this title?
Crowd in court gallery: No!
Cromwell: Yet how can this be? Because this silence betokened, nay, this silence was, not silence at all, but most eloquent denial!
Sir Thomas More: Not so. Not so, Master Secretary. The maxim is "Qui tacet consentire": the maxim of the law is "Silence gives consent". If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented, not that I denied.
Cromwell: Is that in fact what the world construes from it? Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it?
Sir Thomas More: The world must construe according to its wits; this court must construe according to the law.
Know How to Respond If an Employee Comes Out to You
DON'T judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.
[A]sk if they've been made to feel welcome in the workplace, and let them know about DOJ Pride.
DO let your employees know they'll be treated with fairness and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, by "coming out" as a straight ally. For example:
* Display a symbol in your office (DOJ Pride sticker, copy of this brochure, etc.) indicating that it is a “safe space.”
* Attend LGBT events sponsored by DOJ Pride and/or the Department...
Two and a half years ago I wrote about private employee Peter Vedala who was harassed by his superior with repeated and pointed references to "marrying" another female. When he finally responded to the goading by speaking up, she laughed in his face and got him fired.
Scott W. at that time at Romish Graffiti made the connection to A Man For All Seasons, and it was apt. Now the Department of Justice has made the point quite explicit. If you are a DOJ employee at the middle management level, you do not have the right to remain silent. You must speak out in support of the homosexual agenda. You must attend Gay Pride events. You are enjoined to display a pro-gay sign in your office. And if one of your employees "comes out" to you, you may not remain silent but must speak up supportively. Silence might be construed as disapproval. The guidelines also contain this Orwellian warning:
DO assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening to what you’re saying (whether in a meeting or around the proverbial water cooler) and will read what you’re writing (whether in a casual email or in a formal document), and make sure the language you use is inclusive and respectful.
Thanks for letting us know we're being watched at every moment. Presumably homosexual activists and their allies are also listening to our silence.
HT: Lifesite News