If you haven’t heard, there’s some shit hitting the fan at the University of Washington over an op-ed that ran in The Daily: Gay marriage? Let’s stop and think about this by John Fay.
At a rally today, people protested the publishing of the article:
Protesters say language in the column, including a reference to bestiality, coupled with the accompanying image of a man standing next to a sheep, amounted to hate speech. But speakers differed on whether the paper should be censured.
For what it’s worth, I don’t agree with the content article at all. Fay’s opinion is flawed. He has no grasp on the Constitution and what it means; he is, in short, ignorant…and you know my stance on that. Is it hateful speech? Yes, it hurt someones feelings. Should it have been censored and/or should The Daily be censured? Absolutely not.
Free Speech is still free speech (expect when it’s not, but this isn’t one of those times).
I’m not going to go in depth about why Fay’s argument is flawed. Mostly because there’s already a couple of good rebuttal pieces out there, partly because the reasoning should be self evident, and also because I have a final tomorrow and really should be studying. Thus, if you’re looking for a good rebuttal piece, check out:
- Chris Kaasa Responds To The Daily’s Pro-Prop 8 Manifesto by Chris Kaasa (hat tip to Katelyn for the link)
- The Stranger also has a nice piece (although not as good in my opinion), The Education of John Fay by Christopher Frizzelle (hat tip to Jeff for the link)
- You also may be interested to read my own personal thoughts on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.
Please try to refrain from making jokes about Fay in the comments.