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I take the side (sort of) of an anti-gay marriage teacher. A demand to say something nice. And a real-life Fred Flintstone

It’s extremely rare that I would ever defend a homophobic bigot spewing hatred and intolerance. In fact, I can’t even believe I’m doing it now.
But what’s happened to Jerry Buell, a history teacher at Mount Dora High School in Florida is just wrong.
Here’s the deal: Buell, a former “Teacher of the Year” winner, wrote a message on his personal Facebook page as New York’s state legislature debated the gay marriage law this summer.
Remember, this was his personal Facebook page. This is what he wrote:

If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool as same-sex whatever! God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable???”
OK, so clearly Mr. Buell and I won’t be marching in any ACLU rallies together. But the school district decided to suspend Buell for his comments. Again, these were comments on his personal Facebook page, and he wasn’t speaking on behalf of anyone at the school, or in his authority as a teacher at the school.
I think it’s absolutely wrong to impinge this man’s free speech. You say he’s a member of a staff at a school and therefore he’s a public figure? Sorry, I don’t agree.
What a teacher does on their personal Facebook page is their own business.

I know many of you are going to scream at me and tell me I’m wrong on this one. But I really feel the school district is wrong here, no matter how repugnant I find Buell’s views.

**Here’s an idea I can totally get behind. This group I’ve never heard of called Improv Everywhere decided to try an experiment in New York City. They put up a podium and a megaphone in the middle of a crowded street, with one simple instruction: Say Something Nice.
So people walked up, and did. This should catch on in every city.

**Finally, this last story cracked me up. While being chased by police, a Michigan man tried to stop his car with his feet, Fred Flintstone-style, but failed miserably. I’m guessing his brakes failed, so this was his next best option
You’ve got to see the video of this guy. Even Barney Rubble or Mr. Slate could do better than this.
Too funny.