Nicole Neily, the founder of Speech First, says she brought a similar case against the University of Texas in December and another suit is forthcoming.
“Sadly, there are many problems,” she says.
So credit the president for shining a light on a very real problem. But that’s where his involvement should end.
“There are terrible environments at many schools, but there are huge dangers that go with any federal effort to police expression,” says Neal McCluskey, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.
There is no question we are blessed to live where we can opine, joke, be completely idiotic and shoot our mouths off without facing a judge.
This particular matinee has little to do with Michigan, unless we step back and recall the attempt by a Michigan lawmaker to limit blogging to ‘professional journalists.’ But it is relevant, funny and sad all at the same time.
Do not watch if you are easily offended, take things the wrong way, or are somehow connected to the British law enforcement system, just in case I decide to travel overseas someday. Otherwise enjoy.
University paper editorial is window into the failure of higher education.
Allow me to plug your ink nozzles please.
Or perhaps DOS your web service so that the minds full of mush cannot surf your seas of stupidity. This is the equivalent of the argument that there is a right to shout down free and open discussion, as argued by the student (not fit for toilet) paper at U of M.
Break out the comfort puppies and crayons, the tantrums are about to erupt. All of a sudden, whomever is loudest and most violent has the most bestest right to the 1st amendment protections according to a recent editorial. From Cap Con today:
” The University of Michigan’s main student newspaper, the Michigan Daily, published an editorial criticizing recently introduced legislation dealing with campus speech. ”
Apparently protecting free speech is anti free speech.
Tell me why we give this institution of indoctrination $400+ million of our taxes yearly?
Beware the unintended consequence of shallow thinking.
Sometimes, folks want to have an impact in their communities.
They might oppose a millage, pass out literature and information about proposed spending by their local governments. Some might simply try to engage their neighbors in a campaign process through simple means. They might try to encourage certain priorities as well, and may do so by only spending a few bucks at the local copy mart.
All of this free speech is protected, right? In fact, such expression is legally permissible without a legal regimen, allowing up to $1000 to be spent currently. Candidates for public office, as well as ballot advocacy groups can opt out of reporting requirements if they do not reach that $1000 spending threshold.
However, as long as there are men occupying government, this too can change.
Rock solid traditionalist, decorated veteran and American conservative Agema, is apparently still living rent free in the penthouse suite of the minds of those who would radically alter this nation. The ‘list’ originally published in late 2014 is published by CAIR ostensibly to identify “Islamophobic Individuals.” Arguably, the list is a ‘hit’ instruction list, though CAIR denies (lies / taqiyya ) such a connection. CAIR updated the list a few weeks ago keeping Agema on it in position 17. (Alphabetical by first name.)
As the ‘religion of peace’ radical islam inserts itself into American culture as accepted and promoted, perhaps it would be good to ask folks if they believe that there is any compatibility of liberty with sharia law? Perhaps even our liberal friends might consider the personal danger posed to their beloved homosexual activists? Arguably, as seen in European nations where islamic resettlement has happened, it may only be recognized when it is too late. Agema and many others who are on the list have been up front in their belief that sharia is not only incompatible, but is dangerous to our way of life.
You know, it’s been rather entertaining this morning sitting here with a warm cup of joe, flipping through news articles rehashing all the fallout from a disastrous scheme by on his way to the private sector, Rep. Frank Foster’s infatuation with special protections for perverts. Make no mistake – it was epic failure.
But the ACLU of Michigan, Equality Michigan and others wouldn’t even consider legislation that didn’t specifically name transgender individuals, along with gays and lesbians. They convinced Democrats it was an unacceptable bill and blocked their votes.
So rather than be satisfied with a historic expansion of Elliott-Larsen, the groups decided since they weren’t getting exactly what they demanded, they’d rather have nothing at all.
“The far left killed it,” says one of the leading business backers of the legislation. “They are worse than the tea party.”
That must be tough for the MCWC to swallow (no pun intended) butt (pun intended), all 60 of them made the conscience decision to jump into bed with the transtesticle fringe so, what’s up with the hate? They’re your team, and you all go calling them something lower than a bunch of – teabaggers? Wait .. what? Ya, I know, the irony is thick.
***Side note to Chad Livengood: Both bills were written to create a protected classin Michigan, NOTprohibit discrimination. I will be more than happy to cite numerous examples in Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon ,Texas and New York (just for starters) to prove you otherwise. I shouldn’t have to remind you that you are a reporter, not an editorial page writer.***
Perhaps we take a moment and reflect on a little history of Michigan and how things happen?
Lets talk about Julea Ward.
Who is she? And why should she be the topic of the day? Without reading any further, how many of Right Michigan’s regular readers recall her name? Take your time, but don’t forget to act when you are through here, OK?
In April of 2009, the Blog Prof posted something that was out of the ballpark nuts on the pages of RightMichigan.com. Not “nuts” because HE was wrong, but rather from being the telltale sign of things to come. One of our publicly funded Universities threatened to END Miss Ward’s career, unless she submit to a regimen of homophilia. As the prof’s prop of choice asked then, “What the hell is going on out here!”
The lame duck legislature has nine more days (including today) in which it could seriously harm Michigan.
One of the items which has ZERO business being considered, is the elevation of a dangerous behavior to ‘protected class’ status. Making every landlord, business owner, or boss, the potential target of people with a (previously diagnosable) mental condition. Incoming Michigan State Rep Todd Courser, in an email newsletter cautions supporters to NOT let their current Reps off the hook. He writes:
A Lipstick Makeover…
The Effort by the GOP to wrap this Expansion of Elliott Larsen in some weak religious exemption is akin to taking a Cheap Pig and Slapping a Cheap Lipstick Makeover on it; it is still a pig and it still has cheap lipstick on it. This is the granting of protected class status to the LGBT community and in doing so, it kills religious liberty and freedom of speech! Don’t be fooled…and don’t let your rep off the hook for standing SILENT as this rolls through the House. Ask them where their press releases on this issue are…encourage them to stand against this rogue action by the Republican Speaker who has been paid a small fortune and is partnering with the LGBT activists to destroy religious liberty and freedom of speech!
If this expansion to Elliott Larsen passes it will institutionalize discrimination against Christians and other faiths and make freedom of religion and freedom of speech subservient to the wishes of the homosexual lobby.
Even with the pretend religious exemptions being promised by a paid-in-advance speaker of the house, it’s still a raw deal.
Fact of the matter, is that the THREAT of a lawsuit based on such characteristics as personal choice and preference, is an affront to freedom of association and speech. It hardly matters if one can exempt themselves based on their religious practice or beliefs if the must first stand before a judge and make that exclamation. It still costs time, and money, and hardship.
Michigan can learn a lesson from the new schoolyard bully; The homosexual activist who gains power.
One has to wonder about the mental defect in those who support a change to the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act when looking at the evidence before us.
There is little that is protected more than the right to free speech, and by extension the right to proselytize, preach, minister or practice one’s faith as shown in this nation’s constitution. There is a reason it was numeral UNO insofar as clarifying amendments go.
The mayor of Houston is off the hook tyrannical, and should not only be removed from office but sanctioned for attempting to subvert the constitution and abuse her elected position of trust. There MUST be consequences for such actions, or we will continue to see more of it.
And Michigan is under the threat of the same type of abuse, as behavioral quantification is used to qualify ‘protected’ classes of people. Any legislator who opens up the door further to this type of terrorism on individual, business owners or (as we see in Houston) our spiritual leaders, needs to be run out on a rail.