I stole this in its entirety from law professor David Bernstein, who posted it on the Volokh Conspiracy. It seems that for all the people running around worrying about the hypothetical loss of civil liberties related to the Patriot Act, people would pay more attention to the complete evisceration of the First Amendment taking place at the hands of the people attempting to use anti-discrimination laws as bludgeons.
You may have already seen that a University of Virginia employee is in hot water for using the N word in the midst of a PC diatribe denouncing the use of perceived racist language (story can be linked here: http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=17929&pid=1086). A reader points out two interesting things about this story. First, it was reported by the Cavalier Daily, which itself used the N word in its story. So why isn’t the Daily also being denounced? Second, the incident is reminiscent of the “Jehovah” scene in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian:”
OFFICIAL: You have been found guilty by the elders of the town of uttering the name of our Lord, and so, as a blasphemer,…
OFFICIAL: …you are to be stoned to death.
MATTHIAS: Look. I-- I’d had a lovely supper, and all I said to my wife was, ‘That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.’
OFFICIAL: Blasphemy! He’s said it again!
CROWD: Yes! Yes, he did! He did!..
OFFICIAL: Did you hear him?!
CROWD: Yes! Yes, we did! We did!..
WOMAN #1: Really!
OFFICIAL: * * * Now, where were we?
MATTHIAS: Look. I don’t think it ought to be blasphemy, just saying ‘Jehovah’.
CROWD: Oooh! He said it again! Oooh!..
OFFICIAL: You’re only making it worse for yourself!
MATTHIAS: Making it worse?! How could it be worse?! Jehovah! Jehovah! Jehovah!
OFFICIAL: I’m warning you. If you say ‘Jehovah’ once more-- [MRS. A. stones OFFICIAL]
Right. Who threw that?
OFFICIAL: Come on. Who threw that?
CROWD: She did! It was her! He! He. Him. Him. Him. Him. Him. Him.
OFFICIAL: Was it you?
MRS. A.: Yes.
MRS. A.: Well, you did say ‘Jehovah’.
CROWD: Ah! Ooooh!..
[CROWD stones MRS. A.]
OFFICIAL: Stop! Stop, will you?! Stop that! Stop it! Now, look! No one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle! Do you understand?! Even, and I want to make this absolutely clear, even if they do say ‘Jehovah’.
[CROWD stones OFFICIAL]
WOMAN #1: Good shot!
[clap clap clap]