Come on, tell the truth. You all missed mynym, didn’t you? Well let me show you his latest bit of stupidity, wherein he takes me to task for opposing censorship by a public university while banning him from leaving comments here. It seem that our favorite little halfwit still doesn’t recognize the difference between a private forum and a public one. The Constitution’s free speech provision applies to governments, not to privately owned webpages, or family homes, or even privately owned businesses. The University of Alabama is a public, government-run institution; as such, it falls under the coverage of the first amendment and it is unconstitutional for them to place vague limits on free speech. This webpage, on the other hand, is privately owned. I pay for the domain name and for the web hosting. So guess what? I decide what is allowed to be posted here and what does not.
Free speech doesn’t mean you can say anything you want to anyone you want at any time or place you choose. It means that the government cannot restrain or punish your speech except in certain very narrowly drawn circumstances. It is perfectly legal for someone to rant and rave about how much they hate gay people, for example, and I would fight for their right to do so free from government interference. That is precisely why I oppose hate speech codes at public universities. But if you rant and rave like that at my home, I’m going to throw you out on your ass – and that will have precisely nothing to do with your right to freedom of speech. This distinction should be obvious to anyone with an IQ over room temperature, but our intrepid whiner apparently doesn’t qualify.