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MI Attorney General: Fire anti-gay cyber-bully Andrew Shirvell

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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Watch: Andrew Shirvell with CNN's Anderson Cooper on AC360

 


Letter to
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox
As you engage in a commendable effort to curb cyber-bullying in Michigan, it’s a sad irony that your office continues to employ an attorney guilty of the very practices you have rightly condemned in others.

Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general in your office, 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, your employee, 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.

It would be easy – and, indeed, preferable – to write off Mr. Shirvell’s actions as just a momentary lapse in judgment.

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.”

These actions have, in their totality, left a fog of prejudice hanging over the Attorney General’s office.

Perhaps Shirvell is within his basic rights to espouse such vile nonsense, but there is a clear difference – a distinct tipping point – between where one’s freedom of speech ends, and one’s freedom from harassment begins.

I’m asking you, as Michigan’s Attorney General, to follow in the best traditions of a sacred American tenet: equal protection and equal justice under the law.

Mr. Shirvell’s activities raise troubling questions about his ability to administer equal justice.

Therefore, I respectfully ask that Mr. Shirvell’s employment with the Attorney General of the State of Michigan be terminated.

At a time when you’re leading anti-bullying campaigns in our schools, I hope that you’ll stand up against bullying in your own office.

Do the right thing, and end Andrew Shirvell’s employment as an assistant attorney general.

Sincerely,