Like Marranos, The Right Lives In Fear
For those unfamiliar with the term, Marranos was the name given to Jews in medieval Spain and Portugal who secretly maintained their Judaism while living as Catholics in public, especially in the 15th century during the Spanish Inquisition.
There is, of course, no Spanish I nquisiti on i n America today — no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake.
But there are millions of Marrano-like Americans who voted for Donald Trump as
Coming out as a homosexual prior to the 1960s and ’70s, or publicly announcing oneself as a member of the Communist Party in the 1950s would have often led to similar dire consequences in one’s social, work and family life.
But gays and Communist Party members comprised a tiny percentage of the overall American population. (And Communists supported true evil.)
I wish I could share all the emails sent to me from professional musicians who play in some of the premier orchestras in America. They
A violist with one of the most prestigious orchestras which orchestra using the internet), she was even afraid to tell me last week about how quiet she is about her conservatism. While she could not be fired for it, she said, she would be socially ostracized within the orchestra for which she has played for decades.
A middle-aged professional musician told me that he wears his hair very long in order to appear hippie-like - vative politics. He is no more likely to tell fellow musicians that he supports President Trump than a Marrano in medieval Spain would have been to go public with his Jewish beliefs.
One musician in Minnesota wrote to me: “I was a professional musician from the age of 17. I wanted you to know that I, too, lost my career because of my views. My choice, actually; I just could no longer take the abuse.”
I’m fortunate. As a radio talk-show host and columnist, I’m paid to express my opinions.
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (left) and John Howard Lawson of the Hollywood Ten smile and wave from inside a U.S. Marshal’s van in Washington, D.C., June 9, 1950. The Red Scare of the ’50s, and subsequent persecution of suspected communists, is being repeated today on an even greater scale as the left harangues conservatives, according to the author.