Saturday, September 29, 2007

More on Pelosi and hate speech

CNSNews confronted Nancy Pelosi directly about the anti-Christian hate poster in San Francisco:

CNSNews.com:"I'd like to get local for a second and talk about what's going on
in San Francisco. Your spokesman told the Bay Area Reporter that the Folsom
Street Fair advertisement mocking the last supper would not harm Christianity.
I'm wondering if you find the advertisement personally offensive."

"And as a follow up, the city's Grants for the Arts program, funded by the city's hotel tax, subsidizes the fair. Do you think that it's fair to tax everyone who visits San Francisco and stays in a hotel to support the fair?"

Pelosi: "Well that's not really a local question. That's a constitutional question. That's a religious question. That's as big a global question as you can ask. I'm a big believer in First Amendment and therefore, as I said in my statement, I do not believe that Christianity has been harmed by the Folsom Street Fair advertising."

Maybe Ms. Pelosi is right. Maybe this is a constitutional question. If a public school cannot even put a manger scene in a Christmas program because it supposedly violates the principle of separation of church and state, how can it NOT violate the same principle for the city of San Francisco to use tax dollars to promote anti-Christian bigotry?

As for freedom of speech, CNSNews was not asking Ms. Pelosi to outlaw the poster. They just wanted to know if she found it personally offensive—she would undoubtedly be the first to condemn an offensive poster attacking gay groups. Her non-answer was loud and clear.

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