Shortly after the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam – the first openly gay player to be drafted by a NFL franchise – in the seventh round on Saturday, Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible.” The tweets, seemingly in response to ESPN’s coverage of Sam kissing his boyfriend, were ultimately taken down, and Jones apologized for his comments. That did not stop the NFL, however, from fining Jones an undisclosed amount and excusing him from all team activities until he completes “educational training” related to his comments.
On Monday’s radio program, Glenn couldn’t help but ask: Regardless of how you feel about Jones’ comments, “can we stop driving people out of society for having a different opinion?” ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith took a similar position.
While Smith admitted he hadn’t seen the full footage of the kiss, he said that if the kissing happened as it has been described to him he would have told them the same thing he would say to a heterosexual couple: “Get a room.” He made it clear, however, that the act of a man kissing another man does not bother him personally.
Furthermore, Smith finds Jones’ punishment troubling.
“I think it’s a very, very dangerous thing when people see something and they have a problem with what they’re seeing and they express themselves, and ultimately they’re fined,” he said.
Watch Smith’s full comments below:
On radio this morning, Glenn commended Smith for taking such a strong stand. He did, however, point out that Smith’s assertion that he is “of the mind-set that there is freedom of speech” is part of the problem. There is no “mind-set” of free speech, rather we believe free speech to be an a self-evident truth.
“I agree with him. It’s what I said yesterday: Get a room. That was my exact response. I didn’t see it either, but get a room. I would say that to a straight couple. Get a room,” Glenn said. “I don’t know about anybody else, but this isn’t a gay thing… It’s just inappropriate. Can we have some appropriate behavior? There’s no line of what’s appropriate anymore. So get a room. There’s the first thing.”
With that in mind, Glenn explained the erosion of free speech in today’s society:
Then he says ‘I am of the mind-set that there is freedom of speech.’ ‘I am of the mind-set.’ We hold these truths to be self-evident… meaning: It’s true. It’s universally true – not just true to America – that all men are created equal, and they have certain inalienable rights, rights that no one can take away from you, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We spell them out specifically in the Bill of Rights. [They are] not the rights the government grants you. They are the rights the government cannot change, ever. They cannot get close to them. They can’t touch them. They cannot violate them because they don’t come from anyone. They come from our creator.
Those rights are freedom of speech and freedom of… religion… the freedom to assemble… They all boil down to your right to express yourself, which is what the gay activists have always said, ‘They just want to express themselves.’ That’s fine. In an appropriate way, just like… you don’t need to see a straight couple making out all the time.
But beyond that, there is freedom of speech. And [Smith] says, you know, if you’re going to go on Twitter and speak your mind, well, there are ramifications. Yes, there are ramifications. But you notice the left is always saying that corporations don’t have freedom of speech. Well, they sure understand they have freedom of speech. In fact, they are trying to shut down their freedom of speech every step of the way because it’s not the corporations that are making the decision. It is a group… whether this is the Tea Party activists or the gay activists – it is about 10,000 people usually maximum that are the hard core going after them every single day. I am willing the picket them. It is about 10,000 people out of 300 million people… who are hard core. The rest of us, gay, straight, religious, atheist, are like, ‘Can we just stop it? Can we just get along? I’ll turn the channel.’ That’s the truth that nobody wants to say.
There are ramifications to your speech, but the problem is that these groups, these 10,000 that represent all that is righteous and holy on any front… have decided that they are the holy keeper of all truths, and they will enforce it. So the companies are not making the decision based on the companies because if the companies were really truly making right decisions, if they were making them in reason, they would never advertise on CNN. They would never advertise on CNN, ever. They would advertise on TheBlaze. They would advertise on Fox News, [who has] greater numbers… [But] the ramifications aren’t even in the free market anymore.
Then he says he’s ‘not qualified.’ I’m not qualified to speak on this. And this is where I want to beseech you and beg you to become qualified to talk on this. What do you mean you’re not qualified to talk about this? Hutch taught me something important. I was on a plane, with a bunch of preachers, pastors and rabbis, and I said basically that, I’m not qualified. They all laughed at me. And Hutch looked at me and said, ‘What in your wildest dreams gives you the idea you are not a preacher?’ I want you to understand, he’s not just talking to me. He is talking to you as well.
What in your wildest dreams makes you think you are not supposed to be qualified? That’s the progressive movement in a nutshell. ‘No, you didn’t go to school for that. You don’t know.’ ‘
What do you mean you’re not qualified? Then get qualified. You have just as much right to occupy this space as anybody else. That’s the whole idea. You are here for a reason. Empower yourself. Nobody’s going to empower you to do anything. Now is the time that you empower yourself. Good God almighty, you are sent here at this time for a reason. Do it. Do it. Stop doubting. Stop listening to others who tell you to doubt. Do it. You might lose. Do it. It’s worth it. It will the put you in the space you are supposed to be in.