Monday, January 29, 2007
Sgt. Jason Hess, who's stationed in Iraq, wrote to a company called Discount-Mats.com, and asked, Can you send a delivery to a military address? He got a reply saying, no, they're not able to do that, quote, "and even if we did, we would never ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq." He's sending this to a sergeant in the Army. Well, this started getting circulated on the Internet. Talk radio show hosts were talking about it. It caused an outrage. The company claims that it's fired this employee.James Taranto, on the Journale Editorial Report over the weekend. He should come to SCSU, where for example a student can dress in drag to win Homecoming Queen but it's irresponsible for this blog to talk about it. Or a faculty member can come in physical contact with a student while arguing over a display in the student union, but it's irresponsible for us to talk about it. I'd provide links for those stories, but that would be, um, irresponsible.
But my favorite comment as a result of this comes from a peace activist named Julie Enslow, who is quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as follows: "This is a matter of free speech," she says. "It is totally irresponsible for radio stations and bloggers to attack a person for his personal political views."
So free speech means if you agree with her, you can mouth off on company time. If not, you can't say it in a public forum.