A football coach at the Grassland Middle School in Tennessee wrote a satirical song titled “If You’re Holding a Hammer (Everything Looks Like a Nail)” and sent a link to it to everyone in his personal e-mail address book, including parents of students.
The song is a dig against the Obama administration and its various policies. Unfortunately, some of the parents who received the e-mail with the link took things amiss and complained to the school. According to the One News Now site:
“‘An hour-and-a-half after sending out the e-mail, I got the phone call from the head coach saying that he had had complaints from parents; he was told to fire me,’ the former coach accounts.
“He notes that he was surprised by the allegations against him.
“‘When the coach first called me, he said his phone was blown up with parents saying that I was being politically incorrect — quote, unquote — if you will, and that some of them were even reading into racial overtones in the song,’ Glover explains.
“But he points out that the lyrics make no direct or indirect reference to race.”
To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame, they told me that if I voted for John McCain, people would be fired for writing songs ridiculing the government, and they were right!
Mind, a case could be made that Coach Bryan Glover erred by not taking into account that some of the people he sent the link to might be offended, something that would get back to the school. In this age of Obama, Americans are so polarized that sometimes families deem it prudent not to discuss politics at the dinner table.
Even so, Coach Glover would seem to, at best, be in line for a gentle reprimand behind closed doors and a promise to be more circumspect and not lose his job summarily, without recourse or a hearing. One might observe that teachers and coaches accused of molesting their charges are granted more due process than Coach Glover was for just sending a link to a satirical song.
This writer is not certain what legal recourse Glover might have, though it seems that, since a public school is a government entity, and Bryan Glover sent the e-mail from his personal account and not his school account while on school property, then he might have a First Amendment case.
And perhaps the parents who accused Glover of being a racist might be in line for a slander suit.
If Glover does decide to sue, it should make an interesting constitutional case, not to mention an indictment about how some opinions are treated in this country under the Obama Regime.
When You’re Holding a Hammer (Everything Looks like a Nail) (Video), Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, August 24th, 2010
Conservative song costs coach his job, Charlie Butts, One News Now, August 20th, 2010