Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Assistant Attorney General, Bully, Fired

[TW: Anti-gay harassment]

Well, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, who launched a bizarre bullying campaign against openly-gay university student body president Chris Armstrong has been fired for, according to his boss, having "repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately us[ing] state resources."

Incredibly, but not surprisingly, Shirvell's lawyer is framing the incident like this:

"This smells political to me," Thomas told the newspaper. "There's been a tremendous piling-on against Andrew. The liberal media started this tempest in a teapot."

Ah yes, the old I'm not the bully, you're the bully for calling me a bully bit, with a dose of basic decency is just a bunch of liberal political correctness gone too far thrown in for good measure. The stock and trade of many a public homobigot.

Fortunately, Mike Cox, Attorney General of Michigan, aptly noted that Shirvell wasn't fired for exercising his First Amendment rights, but for harassment and borderline stalking behavior.

"According to Cox, Shirvell showed up at Armstrong's home three times -- including once at 1:30 a.m. Cox said that this early morning visit, especially, showed that Shirvell was intent on harassing Armstrong, not just exercising his right to free speech."

Shirvell also tried to get Armstrong fired, tried to "out" his gay and straight friends, and harassed his friends while they were socializing in public. Cox said that Shirvell also lied during his disciplinary hearing and posted online attacks while at work.

Who wants to place bets on how long before Peter LaBarbera and company turn Shirvell into the next Poor Carrie Prejean, the national emblem of How the Homo Agenda Persecutes Good Christian Citizens?

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