Why? Because they’re debating setting up a “hate hotline” so that folks can report people like me for saying insensitive or mean things about them:
Tuesday, the Boulder City Council will take up the matter of allocating public funding for a “hate hotline,” which would give residents an opportunity to report incidents in which Boulderites use tactless language.
“Our concern – and there are many – is that there is no confidentiality, no legal confidentiality,” explains Judd Golden, chairman of the Boulder American Civil Liberties Union, which has not yet taken an official position on the hate-line. “So it’s potentially chilling if people think they are providing this information in confidence and then that information were provided to the government or the government sought access to it. That would chill free speech.”
Golden says the agenda item on the hotline is “extensive” and a “real dilemma” for the ACLU. There are some very “broad standards” laid out in the resolution.
There is, for instance, the policy statement condemning the usual individual or collective acts of racism and bigotry. Great. But it also condemns those who attack “personal beliefs and values.”
I’m saying mean things about people’s personal beliefs and values all the time so, in Boulder at least, I must be public enemy #1. Hopefully this lunacy will stay limited to Boulder because one of the few places I’ve ever seriously considered moving out of state to was Denver, but if the whole state goes loopy then I’ll have to cross them off my very short list of places other than Michigan I’d want to live.
Not that Michigan doesn’t have similarly idiocy on the books. Technically we still have blasphemy laws including one specifically in regards to Jesus Christ himself. There’s a law I’ve violated a few million times in my life already. Surprised they haven’t come to lock me up yet. I’m dangerous ya know.