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Friday, August 24, 2012

I love America

sign outside a shop near Augusta, Maine:


10 comments:

john said...

Yeah, You can advertise smut for sale 24/7/365.

But just don't get caught posting a sign saying you disagree with gay marriage or you'll have a gaggle of shrieking, bug-eyed, hysterical gays screaming "BIGOT, HOMOPHOBE, KKK" at you in 10 seconds flat.

Eric said...

That's true, but you'll also have a gaggle of ACLU lawyers defending your constitutional right to free speech, which is something we can only dream of here in Canada.

john said...

Ye, sssssuuuuuuurrre you would.

I was really impressed at the army of ACLU lawyers being human shields around Chik-Fil-A.

Well, in thier defence maybe they were too busy .....y'know suing homophobes.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and sir? I got a kick out of your remark about ACLU lawyers defending someone in Canada.

Yes, poooooor little gays in Canada. They are always so ignored by the courts .

Give me a break buddy. Every time a gay or lesbian suffers a minor disappintment in this country a legion of bootlicking judges are stampeding all over each other to give little Elton John whatever his little heart desires

Eric said...

Oh come on. The ACLU has, over its history, defended free speech in cases across the political spectrum, including the American Nazi Party, the Hari Krishnas and the KKK. I'm not a huge fan of the ACLU, but they do take the 1st amendment seriously, which is a cultural attitude I wish we had more of up here in the land of Human Rights Tribunals. Just ask Mark Steyn.

http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/aclu-statement-defending-free-speech-unpopular-organizations

Eric said...

Anonymous:

Ummm - I wasn't talking about the ACLU in Canada - I was referring to John's comment about the sign in MAINE. My response at 8:15 specifically said that I didn't think that anyone in Canada would defend free speech regarding opposition to gay marriage. By the way, I totally support anyone's right to disagree with me on the subject of gay marriage - that's why it's called free speech.

john said...

Nazis, Krishnas, KKK Hmm, I guess none of these unpopular organization were against gay marriage or superoir rights for gays & lesbians.

Because I don't seem to EVER recall a single ACLU spokesman EVER!! standing up in defence of anyone who takes the non political correct stance on gay marriage.

Prove me wrong.

The gay & lesbian lobby is one of the biggest groups attacking free speech in this country.

Don't believe me? Maybe you check the records of the HRCs that you ......"hate" so much.

Eric said...

Oh for God's sake, how did this post degenerate into a diatribe about gay marriage? Do you think that because I'm gay I support suppressing the free speech rights of people who oppose gay marriage? I'm first and foremost a libertarian, and I do not agree with any efforts to stifle debate about gay marriage or any other topic.

And by the way, the ACLU did come out in support of the free speech of gay marriage opponents, in fact it was in the very Chick-fil-A case you're so worked up about:

Although the ACLU strongly supports same-sex marriage, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois warned that if Chicago bans Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, it will be engaging in "viewpoint discrimination," Fox News reported Thursday.

“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or <
against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said ACLU senior attorney Adam Schwartz.


Here's the link - check it out for yourself:
http://www.examiner.com/article/aclu-attorney-blocking-chick-fil-a-over-gay-marriage-viewpoint-discrimination

onefineguy said...

I thought that the sign was funny. Wasn't that the point of the post ?

Cytotoxic said...

Eric you've got to understand these Christina not-so-closet homophobes have a huge victim-hood complex. If someone criticizes Chick-Fil-A then zOMG CFA is being suppressed or something. I'd tell them to get off the cross but that would be ironic.