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Monday, April 10, 2006

Why don't we all meet in the middle and just agree to ban speech codes?

It amazes me some can still contend that America's media organs are conservative-controlled. For instance:

Christians Sue for Right Not to Tolerate Policies
Many codes intended to protect gays from harassment are illegal, conservatives argue.
By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
April 10, 2006
ATLANTA — Ruth Malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant.

Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation.

Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she's demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.

With her lawsuit, the 22-year-old student joins a growing campaign to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all.

[Emphases mine]

WOW. Positively dripping with buzzwords associated with the Right! "The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs"? Whoa. Stephanie Simon's a Bush voter, for sure.

But wait! There's more!

[Malhotra] caused another stir with a letter to the gay activists who organized an event known as Coming Out Week in the fall of 2004. Malhotra sent the letter on behalf of the Georgia Tech College Republicans, which she chairs; she said several members of the executive board helped write it.


The student activist who received the letter, Felix Hu, described it as "rude, unfair, presumptuous" — and disturbing enough that Pride Alliance forwarded it to a college administrator.

A rude letter? Say it ain't so! Now how much would you pay for this conservative media mouthpiece? But this here is the clincher:

The open question is what constitutes harassment, what's a sincere expression of faith — and what to do when they overlap.

*sigh* I guess this conservative propagandist Stephanie Simon didn't get Karl Rove's memo about not implying that Christian beliefs are incompatible with institutions of higher learning. What she should have written was, "While it's clear that according to the Constitution that anybody has the right to say whatever they want, the open question is when in the hell is academia going to stop passing speech codes banning the ideas it doesn't happen to like and start living up to its stated ideal of free debate?"

It was clearly spelled out in the memo. I guess she's headed for the chopping block. Pink slip city. Can't have any reporter refusing to toe the conservative line. She's a goner, I'm afraid. Yep. Sad.

(Via: KisP)

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