I was lurking in the Triond forums this morning and came across an interesting post from a fellow writer. The post contained a link to a YouTube video and for whatever reason I clicked.
And I watched. And I became horrified by the idiocy that is Andrew Shirvell, Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan.
And then I had an incessant need to share this with you.
The fellow writer who brought this to my attention?
Knarf Sewob — an individual whom by his own admission considers me too nice (I believe this annoys him) but I like him anyway because he tells it like it is and he is helpful. Much like me, though our styles for doing so are quite different.
The YouTube Video?
AC360 – Mich. Asst. Attorney General Andrew Shirvell Targets Gay Student Chris Armstrong – Pt. 1
The person responsible for the YouTube video upload?
Andrew Shirvell, in his spare time (away from his day job) has taken to cyber (and in person) bullying Chris Armstrong, an openly gay student who is currently the student body president at the University of Michigan.
Andrew Shirvell has started a hate blog, videotaped and protested outside of Chris Armstrong’s home, and — in my humble opinion — has earned the title of Complete and Utter Lunacy, owner and resident idiot.
This YouTube video is a must see; if only so that you may discover the horror of this story.
Andrew Shirvell may just be a bigot — he claims he is not. He claims he is a Christian and I am embarrassed by this. In my world Christians do not behave this way. I do often wear rose-tinted spectacles so forgive my naivety if I’m wrong about the Christian aspect. Let’s just say that (as a human and as a Christian) I do not act this way and I am appalled by his behavior.
Is Andrew Shirvell gay? I certainly have no issue with this and no solid facts to back it up — again, just my opinion.
Andrew Shirvell also claims he is merely using a political tactic as a University of Michigan alum to bring awareness about Chris Armstrong’s radical agenda and does not have an issue with Chris Armstrong’s sexuality.
Really? Because any sane person can clearly see that this whole situation is seriously reliant on Andrew Shirvell’s close-minded attitude and apparent disregard for another individual’s right to share space on this planet–more specifically the (great) state of Michigan.
No matter who Chris Armstrong is or what he’s all about, he does not deserve to have pictures of himself posted on a hate blog with disparaging photoshopped hate words written all over his face.
Andrew Shirvell is a public employee in charge of upholding the laws in the state of Michigan. He may wish to review those laws because his night job is threatening his day job — again, in my opinion.
The Bottom Line?
This whole thing is one big mess. Disturbing and embarrassing in so many ways. I do sincerely hope those in charge of taking out the trash get to doing their job. We don’t need Andrew Shirvell in any public position and I am certainly thankful I do not reside in the state of Michigan.
Not that there is anything wrong with that; though I am a Buckeye from Ohio.
AC360 — Anderson Cooper
Please note: I mean no disrespect to anyone who aligns with the beliefs of Andrew Shirvell. I may question your sanity. But please don’t take that personally. You may very well question mine. Thank you!
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