And this Guy has a position of Power…But on the One hand, it is Free Speech?

Michigan official attacks gay student body president in blog

Jenna Johnson

Soon after University of Michigan students elected their first openly gay student body president this spring, a Michigan assistant attorney general started Chris Armstrong Watch, a blog to monitor the student leader’s every move.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, a Michigan alum, accuses Armstrong of being “a dangerous homosexual ‘rights’ extremist,” among other things. Shirvell chronicles Armstrong’s dating life, posts video taken outside the student’s house, writes about Armstrong’s family and follows the student’s friends on Facebook. The first blog post features a photo of Armstrong overlaid with a rainbow flag and a swastika, plus the word “resign.”

The state official is demanding that the student official resign. Students are demanding that the state official lose his job.

Earlier this week, Armstrong responded to these attacks by reading a statement at an assembly meeting, the Michigan Daily reported: “I will not back down. I will not flinch. I will not falter. I will not succumb to any unwarranted attacks. What I will do is I will carry on with the utmost pride and vindication.”

Shirvell appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN Wednesday night and said, “I have no problem with the fact that Chris is a homosexual. I have a problem with the fact that he’s advancing a radical homosexual agenda.”

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox scolded Shirvell for his criticism of the student body president, but said in a statement that “all state employees have a right to free speech outside working hours,” the Detroit Free Press reported. He also appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show to discuss the issue.

In a staff editorial, the Michigan Daily demanded that Shirvell be removed from office:

Shirvell’s increasingly extreme actions of discrimination aren’t the result of a lapse in judgment. His behavior does not stem from immaturity. It stems from hatred. And this type of hatred makes Shirvell unsuitable to remain a government official. It will affect his ability to objectively interpret laws — which is the job of the attorney general’s office. It’s unacceptable that Cox hasn’t dismissed a member of his staff who is so blatantly bigoted.

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By Jenna Johnson  | September 30, 2010; 11:49 AM ET
Categories:  Student Government  | Tags:  University of Michigan  

I myself feel that this young man should do a few things, one of which involves buying a fast car with no top and heading out to Vegas to see my buddies on the strip because someone is going to be floating this kids bills for a while ha ha but on a serious note ladies and gents, THIS IS NOT COOL. This young man is in college, doing his part to better himself and the society around him and happens to be gay. Big whoop. For a OFFICAL, Espically from within the rank and file of the Attorney Generals office for the state, to be so hateful, so vindictive and mean  towards another person is way out of line. This guy pretty much stalked and menaced this young man and if you search further on the topic you will see images that are childish and plain hateful, distasteful and dumb. It says alot about the policies being implented by such offices when we see things like this. How many convictions were handed out based on hate of gays? Im not a legal expert, but I would imagine that this is going to be a big deal in the state and I will follow it for the class!

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One Response to And this Guy has a position of Power…But on the One hand, it is Free Speech?

  1. AP says:

    Have we considered the idea that Andrew Shirvell is, in fact, a closeted homosexual? While there is not excuse for his behavior, that could very well be an explanation. Often, those who speak out most ardently against the “homosexual agenda” are those who are struggling silently within themselves to lock the closet door, terrified that if they accept who they are, they will lose everyone around them.

    Regardless of his reasoning, I pity Shirvell because he is clearly out of touch with reality, with little understanding of what he’s done to his career, and little chance of ever being elected again.

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