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Free Speech Where do We Draw the Line? [May. 13th, 2008|10:41 am]
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A few interesting and controversial headlines have popped up in the news and the gay blogosphere that raise some important questions. At what point is gay activism intruding upon free speech and freedom of expression rights? Freedom of speech and expression must be protected even for anti-gay forces, because if we don't have these basic freedoms it becomes a slippery slope and eventually we will not have the right to express our opinions.

I write this in light of some stories recently, such as a student who wore a t-shirt to school saying "Be Happy - Not Gay!" at a diversity event, who got in trouble. The courts have since ruled she is entitled to wear the shirt.

What about Crystal Dixon's case with the University of Toledo V.P. of Human Resources who outside the university wrote an opinion column denouncing homosexuality, claiming it is a choice. She has been fired under grounds that she mentioned she was a worker at the school and is now suing the school.

Finally there was the case at Smith College, where the College Republicans brought in Ryan Sorba who created a book called "The Born Gay Hoax" who spoke about bogus research regarding LGBT people. Students interrupted his anti-gay speech by screaming "We're Here, We're Queer, get used to it" the student protesters overwhelmed the room forcing Mr. Sorba to leave the campus and cancel his speech.

Youtube clip of the Smith protest:


What do you think about GLBT activism and where do we draw the line to ensure free speech rights, or is it okay to intrude upon the free speech of others when they seek to intrude on our civil liberties and spread falsehoods about our community?

http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2008/05/open-forum-free-speech-where-do-we-draw.html
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[User Picture]From: sapphorlando
2008-05-14 02:14 am (UTC)
Countercensorship is never productive. It really is that simple. Freedom of speech must be for everyone, if it is for anyone. This includes those we most strongly disagree with, whose words we most detest, whose ideas we most revile. If it must be for us, it must be for them also. Nothing less is truly fair and equal, or deserving to any society claiming those virtues.

Where we draw the line: At direct and explicit calls to violence, to chaos, or to deprivation of civil rights. There are few grey areas here to debate.
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[User Picture]From: donutgirl
2008-05-14 07:52 am (UTC)
what's an explicit call to chaos? That sounds kind of appealing.
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