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01/30/2012

How's David Tyree enduring the 'anarchy'? 'USA Today' catches us up

by Jeremy Hooper

If I could choose one single lightbulb moment to impart on those who engage in the public against LGBT rights, it might just be the realization that freedom of speech does not mean a freedom from criticism that'd I'd instill within. Here's NOM's recent video star, David "Anarchy" Tyree, demonstrating this continued need to USA Today:

Last summer, [Tyree] appeared in a video for the National Organization for Marriage. At the time, he said pending legislation of a gay marriage bill in New York would promote "anarchy" if passed. New York later legalized same-sex marriage.

Tyree was deluged with criticism.

"I don't value marketability — I value the honor of my God,'' he said. "When you talk about this being a (nation) where everybody is entitled to their opinion … (but) the moment you say something that goes against what is relevant to our culture, all of a sudden you are (called) a bigot. I got tons of flak, but I expected that."

Where are they now: David Tyree [USA Today]

With all due respect, Mr. Tyree: Thinking you are a "bigot" is also an opinion. Not even my public opinion, really, since I always focus on the issues (i.e. the bigotry) rather than the Screen Shot 2012-01-30 At 2.28.17 Pmindividual motivation (i.e. adjudicating who is or is not a bigot). But regardless of how it comes out, pushback from the pro-equality side is not the inherent speech deprival that the anti-equality crowd would like it to be. It is a countering opinion.

Here in an America where freedom of speech does not equal freedom from scrutiny, criticism is just as much of an entitlement as is using words like "anarchy" in order to detail loving couples' marriages. Speak as you may -- let the public place value where it may.

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