March 29, 2005
No closets for free speech !
Gay activist Michael Rogers, of Blogactive.com, continues to target critics in an ongoing saga of an online jihad within the blogosphere.This whole matter intrigues me. First of all I think outing is a monstrous, grotesque violation of human and sexual freedom (and I say this as someone who knew the original founder and many members of the Sexual Freedom League). Second of all, I dislike restrictions on speech as much if not more than restrictions on sexual activity, and I think those who want to tell us what to say or how to say it are at least as bad as those who tell us what to do with our genitalia.
Third, I enjoy satire. And I think the poster in question is quite amusing. Plus it's art!
All good reasons for displaying it here.
BTW, I refuse to be "outed!" (The term has no meaning to me anyway.) I'm staying right here in my hard-earned, openly public, closet!
Good luck making me come out! And good luck making me take it down!
UPDATE (03/30/05): Michael Demmons reminds us that free speech lovers (as well as those opposed to "outing") should go right ahead and copy the above "WANTED" poster without fear of recriminations. While I can't vouch for other ISPs, I am delighted to see confirmation from Michael that Host Matters (also home to Classical Values) is not easily intimidated:
Content cannot be defamation by definition unless it can be shown that the content is inherently and deliberately untrue. In your particular case, a simple google of “michael rogers gay” brought me to an article by The Independent (UK) about the very bullet points you have listed in the graphic, with quotes from him related to that subject. Further searches reveal other stories by regular journalistic outlets as well, with and without quotes. Suggesting people email him to voice their opinion of his actions is also not an actionable offense, since a look at his own site has links for email to the addresses you have listed - since he is inviting contact via email, and lists available addresses, your posting of them poses no violation of any of our policies or of any statutes. It is your opinion that his actions are as you describe them, and people are free to agree or disagree as they see fit, and post their own opinions, if they’d like to do so. In addition, there is nothing in your graphic that urges any violence against anyone - it reads, in fact, more like the sort of online boycott calls that go around from time to time. Therefore, we would take no action related to complaints by the individual about this item on your page other than to suggest he take it up with you.Go Host Matters!
UPDATE (03/31/05): Here's more on a guy whose name I didn't think was worth mentioning at the time . . .
posted by Eric on 03.29.05 at 04:45 PM
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