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Michigan Assistant Attorney General Calls 21-Year Old Gay Student “Satan’s Representative”

September 29, 2010

Hello, so embarrassed. I never liked our attorney general, Mike Cox, but I like his assistant even less.  How is it that Michigan hits the news in the dumbest ways?  Makes a person cringe when admitting I am from the state…

In the war of the stupids, this man wins:

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has called student Chris Armstrong a “pervert” and “Satan’s representative” on his blog, and admits to protesting outside the 21-year-old’s home. He scours Armstrong’s Facebook page and Armstrong’s friends’ Facebook pages and posts defaced photos of Armstrong on his site.

“You might wonder how is this man still employed in the attorney general’s office,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper observed in a Tuesday-night segment on Shirvell.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Shirvell’s boss, provided a written statement to CNN calling Shirvell’s opinions “his alone,” not those of the AG’s office. “But his immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear,” Cox’s statement added. Cox declined to comment further.

State laws protect employees’ rights to express political opinions in off-hours.

One does wonder how this man gets away with attacking a student, while remaining in office.  While State laws protect the right to express opinions, they don’t protect the right to promulgate hate speech. Sounds like the students are the most mature of the bunch:

“I’ve protested outside of his house, yes. … I’m a Christian citizen exercising my First Amendment rights.” (says Armstrong)

Armstrong — who told CNN he has hired a lawyer but provided no details — had not publicly addressed the attacks since they began nearly six months ago, but he told the student assembly Tuesday that he would continue to lead the student body.

“I will not back down. I will not flinch. I will not falter. I will not succumb to any unwarranted attacks. What I will do is I will carry on with the utmost pride and vindication,” he said, according to the student paper.

[Photos: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ debate]

Shirvell showed up at the assembly’s first meeting to argue that Armstrong should resign his position. According to the student paper, he graduated in 2002 and once called members of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights, “sick freaks” in emails to a member of the group.

The university’s alumni association says it has no comment on the matter.

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