I'm all for Freedom of Speech. Really. I am. Call me what you want. Fag. Queer, Homo. Butt Pirate. Pervert. Pole Smoker. S'okay. I'm all for free speech. But, sometimes, some times, I wish free speech didn't apply to stupid people.
Case in point: Chuck Norris.
Now, I know he was on a TV show in the early 50s; Walker Knows Best....Leave It To Walker....I Love Walker....Walker, Texas Ranger. Yeah, that's it. And I know he was a karate man; or Judo; or Kung Fu; or maybe he just got beat up a lot. But still. TV show or no TV show. Head injury or not.
Chuck Norris is a moron.
In columns he wrote for Creators Syndicate, actor, political activist and all-around dumbass--remember, it's Freedom of Speech--Chuck Norris falsely claimed that pedophiles could be protected under the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act--the Matthew Shepard Act. Norris wrote that the legislation--which, among other things, defines as a federal crime certain acts or attempted acts of violence committed "because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person" --could, and these are his words, "...provide elevated protection to pedophiles." In fact, while conservatives point to the bill's inclusion of "sexual orientation" and "disability" to justify their assertion that the bill could protect pedophilia, neither term would do so.
For your edification, Chuck, "sexual orientation" is already defined by federal statute as applying only to "consensual homosexuality or heterosexuality," thereby excluding pedophiles, who engage in nonconsensual sexual relationships with children. And, sorry Chuck, but pedophilia is not considered a "disability" under current federal law. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 specifically excludes pedophilia, thereby precluding protection for pedophiles from the hate crimes bill.
Chuck Norris. Hasbeen actor. Present-day wingnut.
But it's Free Speech, y'all. Fear Speech and Stupid Speech, yes, but it's also Free.