Well, this is sad. It seems that a certain Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell in the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has a bone to pick with an undergraduate student leader at the University of Michigan, Chris Armstrong, president of the student body.
Shirvell’s contention is that Armstrong is out to convert unwitting heterosexuals to be gay and other various nonsensical charges against this kid that don’t bear either repeating or dignifying with explanation. This is so far off base that arguing with these kind of people is totally pointless. Shirvell has been waging his own private campaign against this undergraduate via his blog and now by media interviews. And it’s sad, but I think this kid has to take it. Is what Shirvell saying right? Of course not. It’s reprehensible and awful and immoral. But that doesn’t mean that Shirvell doesn’t have the right to say it. So, sorry Chris, but this is the price that we pay for free speech.
So while Shirvell has his constitutional right to express his views, so have I. I watched the video on the link above. It was the first time I’ve heard this Shirvell character’s voice and observe him, overall. And here’s my constitutionally protected opinion: I immediately and strongly inferred that Andrew Shirvell is a self-loathing homophobe, a closet case of the first rank. To me, it is so obvious that this poor, sad man is so threatened by someone who is open about their sexuality as Chris, that he lashes out at the nearest, convenient target. I’m not a betting man, but if someone offered me a wager as to whether or not Shrivell likes the dudes, I’d consider that investment grade.
What I would love to see happen, in this particularly shrill and nasty incident, is to have a sequel to the Ted Haggard episode. Ted Haggard was a fundamentalist Christian minister who was influential, prominent and strenuously opposed to all things gay. Except gay male prostitutes, for whom he had a weakness. Haggard was outed by a male prostitute who came forward with substantive proof he had been paid to have sex with Haggard. The allegation broke in the days leading up to the 2006 midterm elections, only one in a series of scandals that plagued the GOP at the time. The proverbial icing on the cake in this scenario, at least for me, would be for some guy to come forward and say that Shirvell had paid him for sex. So, here’s for hoping.