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"Run by a gun zealot who's too blinded by the NRA" - Sam Penney of

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Sully and the 1st Amendment

As incredibly annoying and single focus as he can be, sometimes he gets it right.
've long believed and argued that the central aim of the gay rights movement should be to expand freedom - for everyone. Speech codes and "hate crime" laws restrict freedom - and gays should have nothing to do with them. We should be defending the right of the Boy Scouts to discriminate if they so wish, while making the argument that they shouldn't. We should be defending the right of bigots to exclude gays from their St Patrick's Day parade if they so wish - because their freedoms are our freedoms also. This is particularly true in First Amendment matters. For centuries, free speech was the only real freedom gays ever had. The idea that we should now be curtailing it for others - whatever their views - is a betrayal of our past, our integrity and our freedom.


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