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Oct 01 2010

It’s Nothing Personal: Up Dated

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

What digby said:

Where do they find these people?

 

“For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against” Chris Armstrong, who is the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

   Shirvell maintains a blog called Chris Armstrong Watch where he regularly berates Shirvell and complains about what he calls the “homosexual lifestyle.” The blog even features mocked up graphics Shirvell has created of Armstrong, including one where the assistant attorney general has written racist elitist liar” on a picture of Armstrong’s face. Additionally, the assistant AG has even demonstrated outside Shirvell’s home and allegedly stalked him on Facebook.

This guy’s an assistant Attorney General?

Up Date: Michigan assistant AG Andrew Shirvell takes leave after antigay blog

After Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox spent Wednesday night on CNN defending Shirvell’s right to maintain the blog, his office said today that Shirvell’s leave began Thursday and he’ll face a disciplinary hearing when he returns.

U-M bans official who targets gay student leader

Andrew Shirvell closes access to antigay blog

Assistant AG with antigay blog appeals order to keep off U-M campus

ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES

Michigan Asst. AG Targets Openly Gay Student; New Terror Threat; Looking for Sanford Bishop; Home Invasion Horror; Bishop Sex Scandal

COOPER: Do you consider yourself a bigot?

   SHIRVELL: Absolutely not. I’m a Christian citizen exercising my first amendment rights. I have no problem with the fact that Chris is homosexual, I have a problem that he’s advancing a very radical agenda.

   COOPER: I bring up the bigot question because Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines bigot as a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her prejudices…labeling a student a Nazi, picketing his house, it seems to make you appear intolerant at the very least. It seems you hate this guy because he’s gay.

   SHIRVELL: Well, Anderson, that’s your spin on it. The real bigot here is Chris Armstrong. I don’t have any hate in my body at all.

Also h/t Think Progress: Michigan’s Assistant AG Harrassing Gay Student: ‘I Don’t Have Any Hate In My Body At All’

“Mr. Shirvell’s personal opinions are his and his alone and do not reflect the views of the Michigan Department of Attorney General,” said a statement provided by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox’s office. “But his immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear.” Cox is also considering legal action against Shirvell.

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