So should every American citizen have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or being accused of using hate speech. But apparently it is not that way any more. We still supposedly live in a free country, but our right to freely express our personal opinions is being snuffed out on a daily basis. The latest example is the situation with Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player. While he is most assuredly not the first gay football player, just the first to announce that he is gay.
The effort to limit free speech does not just apply to those who believe LGBT is wrong, it is reaching out to every aspect of our society.
Edward Cline writes:
On May 5th, Tim Cushing of TechDirt reported that the federal government is experimenting with mandatory "driver's licenses" for Internet users in Michigan and Pennsylvania. On May 6th, the Washington Post ran an article in its Religion section by a fellow I'd never heard of before, Omar Sacirbey, who suggested that Sharia gags should be imposed on Internet speech to prevent "hate speech." And, on May 7th, in a Washington Examiner article, Paul Bedard reported that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) warned that the sentiment in the federal government is to classify "conservative" Internet sites and talk shows as Political Action Committees (PACs) and to regulate what they say and perhaps when they say it.
All three articles, of course, simply report the presence of Ninja censors in our midst. Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs broke the Sacirbey story that appeared in the Post, but one must read the original story to believe the brazenness of the suggestion. And not be startled by the goofy photograph of Omar Sacirbey, who looks like he's gritting his teeth in expectation that Geller is about to deliver a roundhouse that will knock him flat on his keester, or posing for a "Big Brother is Watching You" poster. Creepy.
Tim Cushing of TechDirt wrote:
An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut. Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.
A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."
Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.
Next month, a pilot program of the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.
The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public's trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST - itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania. [big snip]
In short, the report is calling for stealth or outright censorship, mandated by the federal government, and farmed out to Internet companies. [big snip]
... The stealth censors are a tat less cautious than they used to be. They look forward to the day they can jump us and throw a black bag over our heads.
It is interesting that Michael Sam made his announcement before the NFL draft and in plenty of time to get into the pre-draft news cycle. Also giving the pro-gay supporters plenty of time to start the push to get him drafted... drafted by some team, any team, in spite of the fact that according to those in the know, he isn't a very good player.
We all knew that he would get drafted eventually by somebody, and he did. We also knew that if anyone who dared to speak a negative word about the situation would instantly be lambasted by the media and pro-LGTB groups.
You all know what happened.
Both the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones and former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson took to Twitter to denounce Sam kissing his boyfriend during the NFL Draft broadcast. (CBS Local)
They Tweeted. Let me repeat that, two American citizens Tweeted something negative.
I don't know anything about Jones or Henderson, but that doesn't matter. They were referred to as bigots. This is not just about adults, this is also about children and the right of adults to decide what the children see and what they are told about, well, everything, including Islam, Sharia, gays, lesbians, trans-genders, religion, politics.
Marshall Henderson's two brothers, age 7 and 11 were watching news coverage of the NFL draft. Henderson said:
"Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!— "
Keep in mind that Henderson is a former basketball player.
Following Henderson’s tweets, Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork tweeted out a statement.
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all……—
Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it….—
Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
What about some respect and dignity for those who have a different opinion, different morals? Oh, no, can't have that. Henderson backed down and started making excuses for his original comment.
I'm a Christian. I believe in the Bible. I believe same sex marriage and same sex relationships are wrong. A large majority of Americans felt the same way I did when they saw that kiss, repulsed. Am I a bigot? No. However, I'm a nobody. The media and speech police don't really care about what I say, ... yet. They want to go after those who are easily recognized, those in positions, so that they can bring them down, put them in their place, re-educate them.
And if you don't think Common Core curriculum being taught to our children is part of this re-education, you are greatly mistaken.
Michael Sam has every right to be hired, or not, by an NFL team.
The media has every right to cover him in the news.
And he had every right to kiss whomever he wanted. But I should have the right to speak my thoughts on the situation too.
Other players should have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or hater.
But there is a double standard when it comes to LGBT, Christianity, Islam, Conservatives, Liberals, ...
ESPN producer Seth Markman, who oversaw the network’s draft coverage, called it an emotional and historic moment. (CBS Local)
So now, anything that is 'historic', like say the first half Black president or the first openly gay football player, is off limits to free speech?
Only if we allow it to be so.
Nothing will change unless the citizens of this country stand up and make it so. I'm not hopeful that they will.