I'm remembering that wonderful play, A Man for All Seasons. From that 2nd Act, when Sir Thomas More is asked to swear an oath, but is silent:
MORE (With some o f the academic's impatience for a shoddy line o f reasoning) Not so, Master Secretary, the maxim is "qui tacet consentire." (Turns t0 COMMON MAN) The maxim of the law is (Very carefully) "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 what the world in fact construes from it? Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it?
MORE The world must construe according to its wits. This Court must construe according to the law.
And, so, Mike Krzyzewski, the coach of the Duke team, has refused to comment on the Indiana Religious Freedom law, just passed. He was, in short, silent on the issue.
And, for that, for refusing to say what he believed, he is being pilloried. I won't be surprised that the Leftists start mandating Loyalty Oaths - that ALL should swear that they will agree to - even more - hold as HOLY WRIT the rightness, the goodness, the perfection of Same Sex Marriage.
Refusal to so swear will be used as evidence at their dismissal hearings. It will all be for "the good of the children" and other such specious excuses. What it will really be about is organized bullying of the non-conforming.