Thursday, February 13, 2014

COTWA salutes Michael Sam for having the courage to come out, but why isn't Sam Wheeler's homophobic speech protected by the First Amendment?

The antidote to offensive speech isn't to toss the Constitution onto a scrapheap of indifference. The KSU administrators who suspended Wheeler from the wrestling team would do well to read this.

Frank Bruni said this about objections in the NFL to a gay football player: "When did the locker room become such a delicate ecosystem? Is it inhabited by athletes or orchids?" Unfortunately, college campuses have been a "delicate ecosystem" for a long time. They are places where many things are tolerated, but opinions that don't neet the approval of the thought police aren't among them.