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Mar 15 2014

Carson: Anti-Gay Speakers Losing Free Speech Rights

Ben Carson went on Tony Perkins’ radio show and claimed that those who oppose gay rights are losing their First Amendment rights. Gee, Mr. Carson, then why aren’t you in jail? Why isn’t Tony Perkins in jail? Your ilk rants against equality on a daily basis and not one of you has ever been arrested. Has it occurred to you that your paranoia is just a big load of bullshit?

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    He’s right. Whenever I want to say something that reveals how much of a petty, small-minded, Legalistic-Moralist asshole I am, I look over my shoulder to make sure that the PC police Alinskyites aren’t around, lest I my Free Speech, on which America was founded by brave, Freedom-loving Freedomites, be crushed under the weight of their disapproval.
     
    So you see, me having to check myself to protect myself from criticism of my own damn fool opinions is just like losing my First Amendment rights.
     
    America was founded on the right to not have others publicly disapprove of my beliefs. Not your beliefs, though. Yours are fair game. Because Freedom.

  2. 2
    YOB - Ye Olde Blacksmith

    So, im assuming that this show is being broadcasted from an outlaw pirate station floating on a ship 12.5 miles off the coast, right?

  3. 3
    dingojack

    Yes – but are these ‘anti-gay speakers’ Dolby™?
    Enquiring minds….
    Dingo

  4. 4
    somnus

    They don’t understand (or don’t want to accept) the difference between “losing their free speech rights,” (which is what happens when you are legally prevented from saying things) and “society has largely moved past your bullshit and won’t listen to it uncritically anymore,” (which is what’s really happening).

  5. 5
    D. C. Sessions

    Has it occurred to you that your paranoia is just a big load of bullshit?

    Quite possibly. However, that’s the wrong question. The right question is,

    Has it occurred to your listeners that your paranoia is just a big load of bullshit?

    Manifestly, the answer is no.

  6. 6
    colnago80

    People like Carson and his ilk fail to understand the free speech clause in the 1St Amendment. You have the right to say anything you want, aside from a few exceptions like defamation and libel. However, nowhere does that clause require anyone to provide you with a forum.

  7. 7
    dingojack

    speaking of Listeners:

    Listeners

    “Is there anybody there?” said the Traveller,
    Knocking on the moonlit door;
    And his horse in the silence champed the grass
    Of the forest’s ferny floor;
    And a bird flew up out of the turret,
    Above the Traveller’s head:
    And he smote upon the door again a second time;
    “Is there anybody there?” he said.
    But no one descended to the Traveller;
    No head from the leaf-fringed sill
    Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
    Where he stood perplexed and still.
    But only a host of phantom listeners
    That dwelt in the lone house then
    Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
    To that voice from the world of men:
    Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
    That goes down to the empty hall,
    Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
    By the lonely Traveller’s call.
    And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
    Their stillness answering his cry,
    While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
    ‘Neath the starred and leafy sky;
    For he suddenly smote on the door, even
    Louder, and lifted his head:–
    “Tell them I came, and no one answered,
    That I kept my word,” he said.
    Never the least stir made the listeners,
    Though every word he spake
    Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
    From the one man left awake:
    Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
    And the sound of iron on stone,
    And how the silence surged softly backward,
    When the plunging hoofs were gone. = Walter de la Mare

    Dingo

  8. 8
    John Pieret

    I’m not sure it is paranoia as much as it is denialism. He claims that the “majority” is being convinced that their position on gays is the minority position. In other words, they look at the polls and, since they cannot accept that most people no longer think like they do, it must be because the “pc” police have silenced the True Americans™.

  9. 9
    Matthew Cline

    Lots of people (not just wingnuts) think that freedom of speech means freedom from criticism. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carson is one of those people.

  10. 10
    Crudely Wrott

    Special Dispatch

    Mr. Carson,

    Your freedom to publicly announce foolish, poorly conceived and hateful things is precisely equal to my freedom to call those things foolish, poorly conceived and hateful.
    Our separate speech, therefore, is mutually guaranteed and we are thus unencumbered by fear of punishment through utterance. (Except, of course, in the public arena where our manifold audiences are fervent in their own speech.)
    That is how it works. Do you think it could be otherwise?

    In the twin spirits of freedom and accountability I remain yours,
    Mr. Wrott

    _____
    Dingo: thanks for the Walter de la Mare. Nice. ;^>

  11. 11
    democommie

    My Dearest Mr. Wrott:

    Where your intelligence leads you to “Freedom and accountability”, Dr. Dickhead’s indignorance leads him to “Freedom FROM accountability. It really is that simple.

  12. 12
    democommie

    Will anti-GAY speakers play the soundtrack from “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”?

  13. 13
    dingojack

    Demo – nope, they’ll play it *backwards*.
    Backward ABBA! The horror! The horror!
    :) Dingo

  14. 14
    DonDueed

    But, but, but dingo, backward ABBA is still ABBA!

  15. 15
    dugglebogey

    The Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann school of constitutional logic. If you’re criticizing me, you’re violating my first amendment rights!

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