Dispatches from the Creation Wars

An Obvious Question

Why isn’t Hal Turner in jail yet? He’s now published the home address of the superintendent of Lexington schools in Massachusetts (where the nuts are all upset about books that dare to mention that some families include gay people) and urged his followers to kill the guy:

The radio host says “I advocate parents using FORCE AND VIOLENCE against Superintendent Paul B. Ash as a method of defending the health and safety of school children presently being endangered through his politically-correct indoctrination into deadly, disease-ridden sodomite lifestyles.” The site lists Ash’s last known addresses, a phone number, and a birth date.

This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. He’s also said on his radio show that someone has to kill Barack Obama to keep him from becoming president. He’s also the guy who cheered on the murder of Judge Lefkow in Chicago. My readers know that I’m about as absolutist as it gets when it comes to free speech, but when you’re printing someone’s home address and telling people to go commit violence against them, that crosses the line from protected speech to unprotected speech. That isn’t just a vague “I wish all the (fill in the blank) would die” kind of statement, it’s a specific and credible threat against a particular individual that includes information that would facilitate the commission of murder. Hal Turner should be in jail.