I think we can all agree this is very good news indeed:
Two men have been arrested in connection with an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama that was hung outside a building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, police said Thursday.
Authorities found a life-size effigy of the Democratic presidential candidate hanging from a tree outside the school’s Mines and Minerals building on Wednesday morning, police said.
Police said they arrested Joe Fischer, 22, a senior at the university, and Hunter Bush, 21, a former student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Fischer and Bush were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, burglary and theft by unlawful taking, police said. The burglary and theft charges involve allegedly removing items from a room in the fraternity house.
Burglary and theft I get—but disorderly conduct? Doesn’t that sometimes go by another name: free speech?
If you think I’m wrong, that’s fine. I’m willing to entertain the belief that the act committed here approaches if not surpasses the threshold of shouting “fire!” in a crowded theater.
But then I hope you would join me condemning in the same terms and with the same consequences this “crime”:
A man who prompted protests by hanging an effigy of U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin by a noose from his home at Halloween has removed the display because it was causing too much trouble.
No arrest? No mugshot on the web?
What’s more, I couldn’t find a picture of the Obama effigy with the accompanying story. Or accompanying any other accounts of the incident.
It’s not that I want to see the offensive imagery, but Sarah Palin’s strung-up self was plastered all over the news. Why we are supposed to condemn this as the greatest hate crime since the Crucifixion sight unseen?
And why are these two punks in jail, while the West Hollywood puke walks free?