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[–] jcal22x 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

The Declaration of Independence

Freedom of speech is an unalienable right. That means it is not to be separated, given away, or taken away. It is not capable of being repudiated. I don't have rights because the government says it's okay for me to. The government was created to protect my rights that already existed, and should they fail in this matter then

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson


[–] McFluffy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

yes yes i agree that the government cant fire this guy because he tweeted stuff.

however, you are asking a private citizen to keep this professor around despite this private citizen wanting to fire this professor because this stupid fucking professor is about to tank this guy's private business by bringing a fuckload of bad PR.

by protecting the professor's right you are infringing upon another's right. you are hurting their "pursuit of happiness" by destroying their source of money.

you have to argue why the private citizen cant fire someone.

note: we are not taking away the professor's right to free speech. he can still speech all he wants he just wont have the same job.


[–] jcal22x 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

First of all, this guy works for a state university so they aren't exactly private citizens, but I'll leave that aside.

Suppose that I worked for the National Science Foundation, then suddenly one day I found God and started tweeting a bunch of spiritual shit about the earth only being 6000 years old on my private account. A case could be made that my religious opinions are harming the NSF since they claim that the earth is 3.5 billion years old. Would it be legal for them to fire me for my new found religion? Of course not. These are both first amendment issues.