Once again, the most overruled appellate court in the land has come down with a verdict which can only be described as un-constitutional. The lawsuit originated when two employees of the City of Oakland posted a notice on a city bulletin board, after a series of notices from homosexual activists were delivered to them via the city’s e-mail system, bulletin boards and memo distribution system. The bulletin board posting said:

Good News Employee Associations is a forum for people of Faith to express their views on the contemporary issues of the day. With respect for the Natural Family, Marriage and Family values.
If you would like to be a part of preserving integrity in the Workplace call Regina Rederford @xxx- xxxx or Robin Christy @xxx-xxxx Source

Robert Bobb, then city manager, and Joyce Hicks, then deputy director of the Community and Economic Development Agency, ordered their notice removed, because it contained “statements of a homophobic nature” and promoted “sexual-orientation-based harassment.”

Unfortunately, in the politically correct country we now reside, censorship of speech has become much more rampant, with the main stream media turning a blind eye to it. It appears to be popular belief among liberals that speech is only protected if you belong to a “protected class” and you are speaking out against the majority.

The Pro Family Law Center, who is representing the appellants issued a press release stating:

The court completely failed to address the concerns of the appellants with respect to the fact that the City of Oakland’s Gay-Straight Employees Alliance was openly allowed to attack the Bible in widespread city e-mails, to deride Christian values as antiquated, and to refer to Bible-believing Christians as hateful. When the plaintiffs attempted to refute this blatant attack on people of faith, they were threatened with immediate termination by the City of Oakland. The Ninth Circuit did not feel that the threat of immediate termination had any effect on free speech.

As you can see, if you are a member of a “protected class” it is perfectly acceptable to say slanderous things, such as referring to Bible-believing Christians as hateful. If those same Bible-believing Christians use the term “family values” it is considered hate speech.

The ridiculousness of this lawsuit however is not in ruling by the Ninth Circuit, we have grown to expect their blatant disregard for fairness in their rulings. What makes this case ridiculous is the flier was refering to an ongoing public debate and should never have made it to the 9th Circuit to begin with.

For years the idea of allowing same sex marriage has been a topic of discussion amongst politicians, and in the media. The flier in question does indeed represent the fact that the group supports the Defense of Marriage Act, but does their support of DOMA in and of itself constitute hate speech? When our President uses the term natural family, or family values on National television, is he participating in hate speech as well? Of course not!

This case is about censorship, pure and simple. Regardless of your stance on the same-sex marriage issue, it is imperative to realize that once we allow censorship in one area, it can and will quickly spread to others.

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