Here’s a frightening story about a politician cyber-bullying a college student:
For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Using the online moniker “Concerned Michigan Alumnus,” Shirvell launched his blog in late April.
“Welcome to ‘Chris Armstrong Watch,’” Shirvell wrote in his inaugural blog post. “This is a site for concerned University of Michigan alumni, students, and others who oppose the recent election of Chris Armstrong — a RADICAL HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST, RACIST, ELITIST, & LIAR — as the new head of student government.”
If this is news to you, watch Shirvell get interview by Anderson Cooper. It’s one of the most uncomfortable interviews you’ll ever see:
Assistant Attorney General. For real. I’m impressed Anderson kept calm the whole time.
Take a step back for a second, though. As you listen to Shirvell, it’s clear that every single argument he makes is something the Christian Right has said before.
I’m not a bigot.
I don’t have a hateful bone in my body. I love gay people.
I’m not a bully.
I don’t care if he’s gay; I only care that he advances a “radical homosexual agenda.”
Peter LaBarbera, the people at the Illinois Family Institute, the anti-gay-marriage groups, everyone who spoke at the AFTAH anti-gay seminar — this is the exact kind of rhetoric they use.
Everything a gay person does, it seems, is part of a “radical agenda.”
They claim they love gay people… and show that love by making their lives a living hell.
They know gay students are constantly harassed and yet they fight against bullying legislation that would protect those students.
They may not stalk individuals like Shirvell is doing, but other than that, I don’t see much of a difference. I’m only shocked they haven’t all come quickly to his defense. (Even they must realize this guy’s a creeper.)
And what did the student body president do that has Shirvell so worked up?
Armstrong has supported gender-neutral housing at the university for transgender students who haven’t had sexual reassignment surgery.
WHAT?! OH NO! HE’S DESTROYING THE WORLD!
You would think Shirvell would be more freaked out by same-sex dorms — clearly promoting the radical homosexual agenda of the people in the Residence Life department…
Anyway, besides all that, it’s the last 30 seconds that really hammer home the main issue here. If Shirvell has to represent a gay client, will that person get a fair hearing under the law?
Shirvell avoided the question entirely.