Newspaper Purges Reporter AND WIFE From Payroll After Gay Activists Complain About Reporter’s Pro-Family Opinions

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“A Maine reporter is combating his termination after he says he was fired from his job for issuing a personal email rebutting a homosexualist group’s defamation of true marriage advocates.

Fed up with the accusations of “hate” leveled at marriage advocates throughout the campaign, Grard says he wrote an email from his personal email account to Thomas that read: “Who are the hateful, venom-spewing ones? Hint: Not the yes on 1 crowd.  You hateful people have been spreading nothing but vitriol since this campaign began.  Good riddance!”  —Lifesite News

WOW.  Now that’s hateful right?  And they not only fired this guy for this personal email where he gave his personal opinions, they fired his wife too! Now that’s classy!

Some in the gay lobby are trying to distance themselves from this blatant effort to punish family supporters for their views on marriage.  They say, “Oh you can’t blame gay activists for this!  It’s the paper’s blunder!”

I say, the gay activists are exactly who are to blame for this. They’re the ones supporting policies that encourage treatment of any other opinion but their own as homophobia or bigoted bias. This is a clear example of what we fought against in California. I saw the same things coming up in Maine and now in DC. It’s the paper’s fault yes, they stepped in it, but the ideas behind what they did are being promoted in campaigns supported by the gay lobby.

This is exactly what freedom of speech is about.  It’s about being free.

Once you declare one group off-limits for critical examination, once you declare that these people — whoever they may be — must at all costs not be offended, then you have destroyed one of the essential elements of free speech and political debate. In a free society, people with differing opinions live together in harmony, agreeing not to force their neighbor to be silent if his opinions offend them. If offensive speech had been prohibited in the 1770s, there would be no United States of America..…wherever offensive speech is prohibited, the tyrant’s power is solidified.”  —Robert Spencer

A friend of mine posted this information:

I just left a message on the Editor’s voice mail. Will follow up with an email tomorrow. What do you say we make this a national story, folks? Let’s start by calling the newspaper and letting the editor know what we think of reporters being fired for expressing their private opinions in private emails!

To contact Maine Today Media:
Editor Bill Thompson: bthompson@mainetoday.com
Morning Sentinel main line: 207-873-3341…

We have to stand up and stick together to support our freedoms.  This man and his wife are being wrongfully persecuted for his beliefs.  He wasn’t rude, or improper in any way.  He simply had a difference of opinion and that could not be tolerated.

This is the road we’re heading down if gay activists get their way. Fight it wherever you see it.

—Beetle Blogger

Read the entire story, get mad, and then do something about it:

Maine Reporter Fired for Personal E-mail Rebutting Criticisms of Traditional Marriage Supporters

Follow-up:  Maine Reporter: I Was Fired Over Anti-Same-Sex Marriage E-mail

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7 Comments

  1. Ross said,

    December 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Umm..im pretty sure if you call your boss “you hateful people” you will get fired anywhere regardless of whether its about a gay marriage debate or not. Glad they canned him

  2. beetlebabee said,

    December 9, 2009 at 7:38 am

    So Ross, you condone what the paper did? You agree with it’s reasoning?

  3. Troy said,

    December 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    What a joke! Newspapers are all the time trying to convince people that freedom of the press is what they are all about and here they are firing someone and his wife because he expresses in his personal communication that he feels there is a lot of hate coming from the people who voted against Question 1. I hope that they get sued out of existence and that the subscribers to this paper, having voted on question 1, now vote with their dollars away from a newspaper that doesn’t even allow the question to be debated. Very nice quote by the way, very apropos.

  4. Ross said,

    December 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Beetle, yes. Do you condone the reporter’s reaction to the situation? an accusatory email with name calling to his boss? Why didn’t he talk to his superiors? Talk to human resources?

    He flew off the handle and any boss under any situation would can an employee for that type of insubordination. You don’t call your boss a hateful person. Ever.

    Do you condone th reporter’s actions?

  5. beetlebabee said,

    December 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Ross, did you read the article? He was responding to a gay activist group, not the newspaper. It was a private email, private speech. The first amendment applies to everyone, even reporters, lol.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    December 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Troy, I agree. The whole idea that they summarily dismissed the wife as well just shows the mindset of the newspaper’s leadership. Sounds like retribution clear and simple. It’s no secret that Maine’s newspapers were in the tank for the No on 1 crowd. To have their political leanings come to bear like this on their own employees is pretty much disturbing. Luckily, there are laws against wrongful termination. I’d like to be a fly on the wall of that hearing!

  7. JustSayin' said,

    December 10, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    So much for free speech in Maine. I hope those editors are feeling the heat over this one. The blatant disregard for first amendment rights reeks of favoritism and politicking.


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