Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general in Michigan, started a website to attack Chris Armstrong, the President of the University of Michigan student body.
At that site, Armstrong, a college student who happens to be gay, has been subjected by Mr. Shirvell to a barrage of insults and attacks unworthy of the office of Attorney General.
He has doctored photos to show Mr. Armstrong emblazoned with a Nazi swastika surrounded by a rainbow flag.
He has referred to Mr. Armstrong as “Satan’s representative on the Student Assembly.”
And he has described Mr. Armstrong as a “Nazi-like” recruiter for “the cult that is homosexuality.”
These actions would be troubling enough coming from a private citizen. Taken as the work of an Assistant Attorney General – someone sworn to uphold the law – they amount to not only an affront to all Michiganders, but an affront to the basic notion of equal justice.
But the hard truth is that Mr. Shirvell’s activity is not an isolated incident, only the most recent in a history of repeated attacks on Michigan’s gay community.
He has described gay Americans as belonging to a “Culture-of-Death.”
He wrote that one gay rights activist was “indoctrinating children with his perversity.”
All of this coming from a man who has sworn to uphold the rights for all citizens of Michigan.
Petition Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox to fire Andrew Shirvell and show that his office will not tolerate harassment and bullying by one of their own.
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