“Ann Coulter’s use of an anti-gay slur yesterday was un-American and indefensible,” Edwards said in a posting on his Web site, http://www.johnedwards.com.
“In America, we strive for equality and embrace diversity. The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large.
“I believe it is our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it.”source
I’ll have to take a cue from ALa, in regards to the whole free-speech thing….
Hate speech, such as Coulter’s example, is protected by the 1st Amendment. Her calling Edwards a “faggot” is well within her right, and in all honesty, utilising the rights granted in the Bill of Rights is perfectly American. If she were advocating that someone go beat the crap out of him, or harm him or his family as a result, then we’d be getting into different issues. Now, where does this go….Well, this is going back to a tanget that ALa spoke about, in regards to people who champion the whole free-speech ideal, as long as it is speech that doesn’t offend them. Once that speech is deemed offensive, they’re all about silencing said speech. Granted, I don’t believe I’ve heard Edwards championing free-speech, but the minute he does I’ll be firing off a letter to him about it…..oh wait, he utilised that right when he decided to ask Cheney about his lesbian daughter….. With that said, I think he needs to grow a fucking spine and learn what inciteful speech is all about. Hell, the guy’s a bloody lawyer, and a defense attorney at that, you’d figure he knows how to sling shit well enough, unless he’s just that bad of a lawyer (no, I haven’t looked up his record to know that info).
With that said, I wonder what he has to say about all the cartoons and various commentaries that came out of the last election, about him being all buddy-buddy with John Kerry? Or would he be grouping all of that insinuation that he was gay, with Coulter’s actual labelling him as such?
And the best line of the article: But the New York Times reported that she responded, in an e-mail, “C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.” Go Anne, now that’s commentary I like to hear.