Tag Archives: freedom of speech

Mike Signorile Takes On Duck Dynasty-gate: There Is Too Much Defense of This Crap As Free Speech

Mike Signorelli

“The Duck Dynasty controversy has become so ugly so fast. It’s time to just call it what it is. Religious zealots like Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson are using the Bible to defame a group of people and excuse horrible actions against that group in the name of their Bible, refusing responsibility for the hate their words condone and inspire. And much of the media seems to be going along with it because the Robertsons, a Louisiana family with a reality TV show on A&E, are home-spun country people whom everyone seems to love. I’m seeing way too much defense of this crap as free speech — as if every corporation is forced to allow its employees to spew vile and offensive defamation against people. Try telling your boss that he or she is like a pig-fucker and see how long you keep your job. Just tell him or her it’s in the Bible, and see if that keeps you from getting shown the door immediately without collecting your stuff.” – Michelangelo Signorile, writing for the Huffington Post.”

The whole Duck Dynasty debacle is nothing more than bigotry hiding behind the cross.  Jesus should smite them all.

 

Anti-Gay T-shirts Sold at Connecticut High School Considered ‘Freedom of Speech’

Anti-gay Seth Groody

Last year Seth Groody of Wolcott High School in Connecticut was requested by his school  to remove an anti-gay t-shirt he wore on  ‘Day of Silence’, a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Groody was originally threatened with suspension for wearing the shirt,  a rainbow encased in a circle and slash but when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threatened to sue the school for infringing on the student’s constitutional right to free speech, Wolcott High School backed down.

Now not only is Groody permitted to wear the anti-gay t-shirt, but has reported to selling the shirts to his fellow students without any ramifications.

Groody said he and his friends intend to wear the shirts on the upcoming National Day of Silence that is recognized this tear on April 19th.

Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU in Connecticut disagrees ‘very strongly’ with Groody’s anti-gay position, but says he should be allowed to express his opinion freely .

I have to wonder if the ACLU would be so adamant and forthright about taking the case of a student who wanted to come to school in KKK attire on MLK Day?  By thier opinion that also could be seen as freedom of speech. The ACLU has helped set a dangerous precedent by allowing hate speech on a school campus.  And while the vast majority of the time I support the ACLU, this is about more than freedom of speech.  It’s about infringing on other people’s learning environment and possible safety. The ACLU needs be more careful in the cases it chooses to advocate for.  They needed not take this case, they had a choice.  And I am sure there are many other more important and less hateful cases out there that the ACLU could have, and should have chosen to defend over a teenage bigots “right to hate”.

Shameful

PLEASE support and register for GLSEN’s Day of Silence.

Source - Gay Star News

President Obama Addresses UN General Assembly About Libya – Video

“But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.

Today, we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens — and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.” 

(Read the FULL Speach at NYTimes.com)

It’s National Anti-Pornography Week – SEE SMUT HERE!

It’s that time of year again when the majorly repressed folk at Morality In Media have thier annual White Ribbon Against Pornography week and they would like you to start demanding that the police enforce all those laws about folks legally purchasing the legally-made porn featuring legally consenting adults.

“The reason we have continued to promote the campaign is because people all across the country find it to be a convenient way for them to express their opposition to pornography and their support for a standard of decency in the community,” explains Bob Peters, head of Morality in Media. Bob PetersEven though the Supreme Court has partially corrected the problem, one of the reasons for the proliferation of pornography is court decisions. “Another main reason why we have so much pornography in our country is because people don’t complain,” Peters suggests. “They don’t make complaints to the police; they don’t make complaints to their local or state prosecutor; they don’t make complaints to the U.S. attorneys and they don’t make complaints to members of Congress, to mayors, to city legislators and state legislators.”

Something somewhere tells me that Futurama did a segment on this, complete with a scare film from the Space Pope.

So what’s its going to be folks?  Gird your loins with white ribbons or enjoy some smut?

Hmmmmm. I thought so.

MA State Senator Scott Brown