January 24, 2013

“Free speech an illusory concept” [Darleen Click]

“Not every opinion is valid, nor deserving of expression,” declared seventh-year [!] human rights [!!] student Arun Smith as he pulled on his pink patent-leather jackboots and engaged in an act of “forceful resistance” by destroying a nefarious Free Speech Wall

“In organizing the ‘free speech wall,’ the Students for Liberty have forgotten that liberty requires liberation, and this liberation is prevented by providing space … for the expression of hate,” he wrote in a 600-word Facebook post in which he identified himself as an anti-homophobia campaigner. […]

In truth, the wall’s only overt references to sexual orientation were pro-gay, such as “QUEERS ARE AWESOME,” “Gay is OK” and “I [Heart] Queers.”

The only comment that verged into anti-gay territory was a scrawl reading “traditional marriage is awesome.”

According to Mr. CoKehyeng, the four-word phrase prompted a visit from Ryan Flannagan, the university’s director of student affairs.

“He saw that it wasn’t inciting hate speech at all, so he let that one slide,” said Mr. CoKehyeng.

No word that precious Smith will receive any thing close to even a stern talking-to for his fascist violence. But hey, the admin was quick to come see if being proud of straight marriage was “inciting” others, cuz nothing says H8 teh Gheys like a married mom and dad!

#doomed

Posted by Darleen @ 8:41am
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Comments (45)

  1. “Don’t get your panties in a bunch, sweetie.”

  2. free speech walls are gay

  3. I love the take-my-ball-and-go-home approach of destroying all speech expression based on one bad apple. Anyone point out that he’s destroyed all of the non-haters’ expression, too?

    So to this chucklehead, “hate” is basically forbidden. If it’s “not valid” or “deserving of expression” than the next step would be that it is not even allowed to occur in thought form. These are the same people who want to disarm us, right?

  4. It’s likely been mentioned here before, but we are raising a generation of deluded narcissists.

    That article somehow sprang to mind when reading this.

  5. “free speech walls are gay”

    That one is, they said so.

    “So to this chucklehead, “hate” is basically forbidden.”

    With the exception of his institutionally approved variety.

  6. Must’ve been Arun’s time of the month.

  7. Pink jackboots? Where did he get those?

  8. “DarthLevin says January 24, 2013 at 9:09 am
    It’s likely been mentioned here before, but we are raising a generation of deluded narcissists.”

    Nature will bring most of them around eventually. They can only grow in the hot house and much glass is being broken as we speak.

  9. -No doubt Arun Smith will be put in charge of his local Two Minute Hate in the future.

    -‘Free Speech Walls’ are for fags. I refuse to use the term ‘gay’ because I’ve been on a campaign to return it’s use to it’s proper meaning, to wit:

    I’ll be seeing you in all the old, familiar places
    That this heart of mine embraces all day through
    In that small cafe, the park across the way
    The children’s carousel, the chestnut tree, the wishing well

    I’ll be seeing you in ev’ry lovely summer’s day
    In everything that’s light and gay
    I’ll always think of you that way
    I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new
    I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you…

  10. Queer, Bob. They were calling themselves ‘queer’ for a few years before the LBGTQCBSXYZ thing got off the ground (if it ever did).

  11. I thought it was LGBTOMFGWTFBBQ?

  12. It was, until they realized they had excluded the QWERTY community.

  13. Yesterday it was a 7th-year Sociology major explaining that sociologists have no patience for theories of social organization that don’t involve the forcible compulsion of a society’s members to act counter to their own interests. Because of their open-minded fairness and dedication to rigorous study, dontcha know.

    Today it’s a 7th-year Human Rights student trampling on free speech, because of his open-minded fairness and dedication to Human Rights for all those who meet his criteria for “human.”

    What will tomorrow bring?

  14. BBQ!

    I’d hit that

  15. In our efforts to be inclusive, we will exclude anybody who isn’t inclusive … which means we will have to exclude yourselves.

    The wonders of Möbius logic.

  16. Mobius logic?

    I am so stealing that.

  17. And if you post a comment using an iPhone, auto-correct gives you the umlaut over the O in Mobius.

    (this comment was not posted using an iPhone)

  18. I love the take-my-ball-and-go-home approach of destroying all speech expression based on one bad apple.

    Except that there were no bad apples. THAT’s what rankles.

    Don’t miss David Thompson’s commentary on this development.

  19. I have a Windows phone, so no worries, McGehee. I hate auto-correct anyway. It’s a bitch to write scientific papers in Word without disabliing spell-check since Windows dictionary is teh stoopid.

  20. “The wonders of Möbius logic.’

    Because someone has to do the heavy lifting. You’re welcome, they said.

    http://tinyurl.com/ly5okb

  21. Good stuff: NRA boycott kills outdoors show that banned assault weapons

    Fucking cowards. I love my millions of gun nut friends.

  22. So to this chucklehead, “hate” is basically forbidden. If it’s “not valid” or “deserving of expression” than the next step would be that it is not even allowed to occur in thought form. These are the same people who want to disarm us, right?

    Plus, this chucklehead thinks that he’s the one who gets to decide what’s “hate” and what ain’t. And never does the thought trouble his mind that someday he might change from decider to decidee.

    Useful idiot.

  23. “Except that there were no bad apples. ”

    Yeah, it was only a bad apple according to him. It’s just the idea that if one person exhibits some unapproved/unworthy expression according to some nebulous standard, then all expression must be terminated. For tolerance. And free expression. That now no longer exists. Heckler’s veto.

  24. The boy just doesn’t understand the distinction between theory and practice. In theory, the free-speech wall might have included something objectionable (to Smith, anyway), so in practice, he must tear it down. Just like in theory, free speech is a cherished civil right, but in practice, it has to be limited because some people use their civil rights in unapproved ways.

    But then, what do you expect from a kid who still hasn’t completed his Angry Studies degree after 7 years?

  25. Dicentra – Wow, according the Thompson post you linked to post he tore it down simply because there was potential for “invalid” expression. Unbelievable.

  26. @Pablo: Cool! I’ve been following that, but the last I heard only some (many) exhibitors had pulled out. If they’ve canceled it outright, they’ll have to give everyone’s money back.

  27. Exactly right, SBP. Of course, the right thing to do would have been to reverse the decision and admit it was stupid, but this is the next best thing.

  28. “the Students for Liberty have forgotten that liberty requires liberation, and this liberation is prevented by providing space … for the expression of hate”

    Incipient profanity warning:

    What the shitting fuck does that even mean?

    I have a little news flash him: Everyone at that university is already “liberated”, and being “liberated” does not mean “never being potentially exposed to disagreement, even vehement or actually hateful disagreement”.

    (We’ll just skip the irony of an “anti-homophobia campaigner” destroying pro-queer messages because someone put a not-pro-queer [but not “hate”!] message up with them…)

  29. Leigh, I want the word ‘queer’ back too — although it does sound delightful when a William F. Buckley or some Englishman calls a homosexual that [something about the accent gives it an extra nasty oomph].

  30. It’s really a blessing that no one wrote any Bible verses on that Free Speech Wall or there would really be Hell to pay.

    A simple “Jesus Saves” always brings out the Christophobes.

  31. Bob, I say “queer” when speaking casually about homosexuals. I add the puzzled look, too when someone sputters at me about it. After all, there was a teevee show for a long time called “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and was the springboard to Ted Allen’s fame, such as it is.

  32. double coupon jesus fuck yeah

  33. Jesus loves me, this I know
    For the Bible tells so.
    Little ones to Him belong
    They are weak, but He is Strong.

    Yes, Jesus loves me.
    Yes, Jesus loves me.
    Yes, Jesus loves me.
    The Bible tells me so.

  34. Wouldn’t it have been interesting if someone had written something like “Allah doesn’t love queers?” So much offense, so many minority sensitivities to bow to, and an off-limits word (the prophet’s name) for good measure.

  35. Or “Fidel hates Queers”.

    Oh! What to do?!

  36. Fidel hates Queers

    Fidel AND Che.

    Cerebral explosion!

  37. Why do I suspect that our stalwart defender of speech control is just trying to get expelled from the University? Most likely because he realizes that after seven years, he’s no closer to getting a degree, so he’s going for high-profile martyrdom as an alternative credential.

    Which is probably a smart move on his part, as there’s no shortage of rinky-dink NGOs who’d snatch up such an outspoken true believer.

  38. I still want to know where he got the pink jackboots. Or was that just a funny on the author’s part?

    Di, even better: “Che killed Queers.”

  39. Hey Arun, I don’t want your stupid “enlightened submissive little bitch” version of liberty. I want the real thing. It’s mine. And guess what? If you try to take it from me, then I am willing to get it back by prying it from your would be totalitarian hands if need be what ever state your hand might be in at the time.

  40. So another wannabe fascist trying to wrap himself in a “noble” cause to excuse his thuggery.

  41. I have it on good authority that Hamas isn’t exactly down with the queers, either.

    Nor were the Soviets.

  42. A simple “Jesus Saves” always brings out the Christophobes.

    I’d probably post:

    “Gretsky recovers… he shoots… HE SCORES!!!”

    ;-)

  43. Heh. Good one, Patrick.

  44. I’ll always recall that as “Esposito gets the rebound…”

  45. Got it off some .sig I saw on Usenet back in the 9os.

    Not quite as amusing as a T-shirt ad I saw sometime ago:

    Depicts an image of Jesus Christ. Jumping around. On a pogo stick.

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