Larkin_PLR saidAm I really the only one in the room that gives a shit about free speech... even (especially) speech I don't agree with?
In this thread - besides me - yes.
Another lie from the right. ;) Of course you're not the only ones concerned with free speech - does this mean that you don't think bullying should be against the rules? This is a conduct code in a school, not a limitation on free expression in the public square. So all of your First Amendment concerns are a little out of place, as is the "fire in a crowded theatre" response.
"MI Senate legalizes anti-gay bullying" is an inflammatory title, no doubt. I won't defend it. But I will explain the problem with what was passed.
What you both seem to be missing is that this bill was crafted with a loophole that exempts conduct from being called bullying if such a restriction would "prohibit expression of religious or moral viewpoints". Therefore, any comment directed to a gay kid will be ok if the accused claims it's consistent with his religion.
Let me give you an example: Calling a kid a "condemned-to-hell sodomite who should be put to death" cannot be found to be bullying
, because this expression is in line with the Christian faith and scripture.
Thus the legislation has de facto protected such conduct from being found to be bullying (and this leads to the over-the-top title of this thread). The loophole has protected all such conduct explicitly. Any
morality will defend you from a bullying charge, actually, not just religious ones. So a kid can say, "Well, my moral view of the world is that fags deserve to get pounded," and his conduct is somehow ok.
When you ask the bill's sponsor
"Asked if he thinks the religious provision could, for example, be used to exempt a student who tells a gay classmate he is going to go to hell, Jones said, "I don't believe for one minute that is the intent of this legislation."
So, it's not the intent
of the legislation? But if it happens, oh well?
Don't hop on the "defend the GOP" train here, guys. This legislation expressly protects religion-based bullying from the law. That's not a good thing. It's just a sloppily (ie, pandering, whiny-victimized-Christianists) written piece of legislation.