Man Gets Jail Time For Making Fun Of Little Girl With Cerebral Palsy

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In Ohio a man has been sentenced to a month in jail for making fun of a little girl with cerebral palsy.

Yes, that’s right. Jail time.


I’ve argued for some time now that the “hate speech” and “bullying” movements in this country are going to take us to a place where merely offending other people is a crime. And that’s what we have here.

Is making fun of a little girl with a disability offensive? You betcha. Doing something like that makes you a major league, Olympic-class douche.

Should making fun of a little girl be a crime? No. We put ourselves on a slippery slope when we start criminalizing speech merely because it’s offensive.

Because where does that stop? Are we going to start putting everyone in jail who says something the public at large finds offensive?

This man being put in jail is a free speech travesty. Sadly, there are a lot of people who won’t see it that way.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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