reply to post by forestlady
Stop, slow down and breathe. You've attributed something’s to my comments I didn't say.
My thesis is thus: she didn't say anything "fascist". Articulating an opinion - even an unpopular one - is not
facist. Saying she should be
silenced because you don't agree with her opinion is
She isn't disenfranchising anyone with her comments
. You're (IMO) claiming a whole lot more weight to one woman's opinion as a way to
legitimize your (IMO) fascist call for her silence, while at the same time calling her a fascist for simply articulating her opinion.
If she does represent the public's local opinion on this subject, then she's not doing anything "wrong" per se.
I didn't say she was right, or that I agreed, or anything like that. We agree, with the exception that I don't think those that disagree with me
should be removed from public office for expressing an opinion. Even if that opinion is born from stupidity.
EDIT: I didn't directly answer your questions and I apologize for that. I think the term "hate speech" is thrown around by the gay and lesbian
community when they should be using the term "opinion". It's not hate speech, IMO, to have a negative opinion of the gay lifestyle. It's not hate
speech to claim, like a complete fool, that the city council is being "infiltrated" by gays. It's stupid to be sure, but not hate speech. I
honestly believe that the point your trying to make, while dancing around it, is that people should not be allowed to have this opinion, nor should
they be allowed to articulate it because you don’t agree with it.
The system will take care of her, or if the electorate agrees with her, they won’t. Either way, there are checks and balances in place to deal with
this. The problem is, not everyone sees things the way we do. More importantly, to force them to see things the way we do is, in fact, facist.
She, they, them are entitled to their opinion and the electorate is entitled to representation that reflects their, locally held views. Even if we
don’t agree with them.
[edit on 9-3-2008 by SlightlyAbovePar]