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."

"No one at the high school opposes the formation of the Conservative Club," Mr. Alton said. "What bothers me is the extreme views that border on racism or homophobia, the negative tone, and the hot line that calls teachers 'traitors.' "

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.

Warning Dear Parents Warning

They try to convince our children to accept the Idea of this Disease, they try to convince our children to feel comfortable with this "Abnormal Human Act".

They started to come out from the hide with a proud feeling that it is to honor to come out and say, "I am gay, or I am lesbian, and I am bi and others are not in fashion yet."

After they shield themselves with the Greatest Nation's constitution and after they feel that they are accepted by the "It is a free country," slogan, then the second stage they started to come back with a disease created by God, especially for them, asking the American public to accept them whether they like it or not. (Via Jihad Watch.)

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


Yes, it most certainly is.
And: Happy New Year!

Steven Malcolm Anderson   ·  December 31, 2003 6:38 PM

Since the article is from the Moonie Times, I'd be cautious about believing the "facts" of the story.

Six Foot Pole   ·  December 31, 2003 8:21 PM

Both may be verbally censured by interested parties. Neither should be censored by the authorities.

Kathy K   ·  December 31, 2003 9:31 PM

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