The blog I found and chose to follow is called Ethics Alarms. This is a very interesting blog because it incorporates all sorts of ethical issues going on globally that most of us I presume have not heard anything about. From sports issues like Lance Armstrong to corporate issues like Dominoes packaging scheme. It brings attention current ethical stories and events that may go unnoticed by the mainstream news we hear about everyday. A recent post the Ethics Alarm blog covered that I found very interesting was concerning statements made by elected government officials. The one that won me over in following this blog was a letter written by a Maryland State Delegate Emmett Burns who opposes same sex marriages. Recently a Baltimore Ravens football player publicly endorsed same sex marriages. Burns wrote a letter to he owner of the Ravens in response. “He tells the owner of a business in the state that it is necessary for him to inhibit the expressions of his employee and that he mustbe ordered to cease and desist expressing his views on a matter of cultural and social policy as well as civil rights” This is an official letter to the owner that Burns sends.
I have to admit that I am from Maryland and knowing that a representative of the state is this terribly incompetent is embarrassing. Lets completely disregard the issue of same sex marriage here for a minute. A delegate is basically telling an owner of an organization that he has to stop his employees from using their First Amendment right of free speech. What? How is this reaction by Burns even in his thought process? He mentions multiple times that he is a fan of the Ravens in the letter and then continues to tell the owner he should silence the player. It is totally preposterous that a state delegate would be so absent minded to do something like this.
In a later post, Ethics Alarms blogs about another NFL player’s response to the letter. The post is titled an ethical hero. It is actually hilarious to see what the player writes to Burns in an online open letter. Check this out if interested.