Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Tolerant Left.

The "tolerant" left succeeds in getting Michigan's assistant state attorney general fired.

Why do progressives hate free speech?


4 comments:

Dr.Dawg said...

He was fired for stalking a gay student leader.

Audrey II said...

I was hoping that the sarcasm tag would make my intent clear. I was hoping to provide a mockery of the common insistence from the right that tolerance means means not opposing intolerance and that free speech means consequence free speech.

Darren said...

AG sounds a bit loony! Free speech can only go so far. In this case, if one wants to be free to be slimy and more than a bit creepy, then I'd say we need another amendment - we need the freedom to openly stalk and harass gay co-eds.

Audrey II said...

Darren. I think the AG's claim is that that's exactly what the First Amendment already guarantees.

He's also far from the only one with that kind of expansive interpretation of the First Amendment. The "free speech" argument has been raised by those wanting to teach holocaust denial and creationism in schools, by those who openly advocate discrimination and persecution of gays and particular religions... Hell, Rand Paul even suggested that it guarantees the rights of restaurants to refuse to serve black customers.

Some don't feel the need for another amendment, they argue that the First Amendment as it exists already protects these kinds of things.

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