December 30, 2003
Some minorities are more equal than others!
I wish the enforcers of political correctness would behave in a consistent manner!
For starters, there's this report (link) of a conservative student who was threatened with violence and told to stay away from school because of his views. Mark Alton, a biology teacher, excoriated him and others as "neoconservative wing-nuts who call themselves Americans" and accused him of (among other things) homophobia and a "negative tone":
Mr. Alton said he was also disturbed by Tim's article on illegal immigration, which says, "Liberals welcome every Muhammad, Jamul and Jose who wishes to leave his Third World state and come to America."OK, I know that racism, anti-gay views and "negative tones" are not good things. I try to avoid them. Sometimes, I find a distinct negative tone creeping into this blog, and I try to write my way out of it -- sometimes successfully; sometimes not. But there's still free speech, isn't there?
Who is entitled to free speech, anyway?
Might the following qualify as an example of "extreme views", "homophobia, and "negative tone"?
Homosexuality is not O.K.If you ask me, the above (taken directly from AMANA -- a leading Muslim web site) is at least as strong as any the stuff which earned the conservative students threats of violence and bullying tactics by teachers.
The Director of AMANA is "a member in the Florida Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights." What gives him and his organization rights that a lowly public high school student does not appear to have?
Might it be that Muslims who claim a religious motivation are free to engage in disagreeable speech -- but Christians aren't? Is this fair?
Is it fair for the former to be seated on the Civil Rights Commission while sitting in judgment on the latter?
Isn't what's good for the goose still good for the gander?
posted by Eric on 12.30.03 at 11:19 PM
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