Freedom of Speech

I don’t think some people understand the meaning behind the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Specifically, for today, I’m focusing on freedom of speech. I keep seeing comments that attack those who are attacking Dan Cathy of Chik-Fil-A for coming out in opposition to gay marriage. While that’s completely expected, what I don’t understand is why some people say attacking Chik-Fil-A is infringing on Dan Cathy’s Freedom of Speech.  That’s not how it works.
For Cathy’s freedom of speech to be threatened then he would have to have been arrested for speaking publicly against gay marriage.  Congress would have to pass laws that make it illegal for anyone to speak against gay marriage (or for gay marriage as the case may be). That is a violation of freedom of speech. Cathy can say what he wants and not be legally persecuted for it. And the rest of the internet can say what they want against him and not be legally persecuted for it.  (Not including threats of assault or violence).

For those who can’t understand what all this means then you need to compare it to freedom of speech laws in other countries.  More accurately, the lack there of.  Scroll through Wikipedia to get an idea.  Blasphemy is illegal in several countries. As in, you will go to jail if you are in this country and write about atheism or try to teach it in a class.  Hate speech is illegal in Denmark, so all the nazis in this country who have websites and hold rallies, better not move to Denmark, up to 2yrs jail time.   But really, you don’t need to go further than Cuba (I’m in Miami, it’s right next door) to experience true censorship. Everything is censored by the government. Ice-T’s “Copkiller” would have had him most probably murdered in a Cuban jail.

Dan Cathy can say he’s against gay marriage. That’s his right as a citizen of this country.  It’s my right to say I disagree with him. And it’s your right, US citizens, to flood us with your opinions on who’s right and who’s wrong.  Your legal right, without fear of legal prosecution.

This guy said it best:


Mom who supports DC and Marvel Gay Characters

I don’t want to make my blog all about one topic. Having said that, I’m going to bitch and moan about two things that really bother me. One, being people against gay rights. Two, being how despite the massive amounts of girl geeks out there, geekdom is still skewed so heavily towards males. So, I found a few things today that brought out my issues.

I love going to Tate’s Comics. I drive 40 minutes, past closer comic stores, because I feel real comfortable there and it’s truly a great comic book store.  I’m sure the majority of their customers must be male.  I’ve met several hanger on girlfriends in the store who ask me, surprised, how come I’m such a comic book fan. I’m not sure why they seem surprised to see me, there are plenty of women at Tate’s gushing over merchandise. Anyway, so I’m on their newsletter and see they are having a Father’s Day event. You might know where this is going.  Did I miss the Mother’s Day event? Sigh. I would’ve liked a 20% discount. I love Tate’s though, I’m not even that mad, more disappointed.

So I thought, maybe there’s a league, or blog or something where us nerd mom’s can come together in our apparently minority status. This led me to my second topic. I google “mom’s who read comics” and number one hit is One Million Moms Condemns DC Comics And Marvel Superheroes For Gay Characters. Sigh. That’s the opposite of what I wanted. I knew there’d be backlash when X-men has an issue with a gay marriage.  I’m both mad and disappointed.

I want to bring up this quote from the article: “Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”  I want to bring it up because I want to say that that’s the stupidest fucking thing to worry about ever.  Even if any kid in the history of the world says that, it doesn’t even mean they are gay or bi-curious.  They’re probably just thinking they’d rather spend the rest of their lives with their best friend than an annoying girl.  There’s an age that boys think girls are stupid. I feel like an idiot for even having to make that point.  Listen, your kids are going to figure out their sexuality on their own and the X-men will have little to do with it.  Your kids will hit puberty and either fantasize about Emma Frost’s breasts, Wolverine’s package, or best of both worlds Mystique.

So, perhaps I’ll go down to Tate’s this Father’s Day and buy X-Men.  I’ll get my daughter a new Tiny Titan’s graphic novel she loves. It’s Father’s Day, and she can’t spend it with her father anyway, he’ll be with his new family.  Might as well buy her something pretty.

and something pretty for me as well.

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?”

I use to work in juvenile delinquency court a few years ago as a court reporter.  I’m not going to talk about any cases, however hilarious they were sometimes, but I did mention a while ago that I wanted to talk about some of my co-workers.  At juvy there was also dependency court on the other side of the building.  That’s court for parents who have been bad and had their kids taken away.

Now to work in these courtooms a person has to develop some thick skin. The stories that come in are heartbreaking and sometimes the kids would be in the courtroom crying.  I couldn’t always look. Sometimes I had to bite my tongue to distract myself. Luckily, I only worked in these courtooms once in a blue moon.

This is going to develop into another pro gay rights argument.

Bad Parents

Brunette and Proud

My simplistic way of explaining homosexuality to people I feel are being ignorant.  This post is inspired by the Portraits from the New York City Marriage Bureau.

by discoinvasion (deviant art)

How do I explain that being LGBT is something a person is born as and not a lifestyle choice?  This may sound weird, but I think I make sense.  I was born a brunette.  I’m still a brunette and am perfectly happy to live my life as a person with black hair. I have done red streaks in the past, but I’ve never  gone blonde.

My argument gets more ridiculous because the gay lifestyle argument is outdated

I know the road seems long

New York Legislature passes gay marriage bill

“I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage,” (Marc) Grisanti, a lawyer, said during the debate. “I cannot deny a person, a human being … the same rights I have with my wife.”

-neither can I, Grisanti. You hit my point exactly.

Yay! I do the happy dance!

I’m going to spend this weekend doing the happy dance.

And because of… well, lots of reasons. Here’s some fanart  where Magneto and Xavier run off and get married.
art by missamerikka