Do you have kids? I'm not poking at you, it's a sincere question. See - the thing is - I have kids.
So I'm gonna ask you and all the other folks on the free speech side of this debate a simple question. And it's based on a recent and true story.
So let's say you have your kids in a local day care center and one of their employees posts on facebook how she: Hates kids, but took the job cause she needs the money.
Do you think that, when her employer fired her, which they immediately did, she ought be able to sue to get her job back?
Government officials are in a position of power. Just like day care providers are. So - it turns out that when they use publicly use hate speech they typically lose their jobs.
Yes, I have kids. This is my stance: if it isn't done at work, doesn't use work stuff to say it, it probably shouldn't impact their employment. I realize this is idealizing.
Just because "I hate kids is stated" on facebook, doesn't make it true or harm kids, could just be blowing off steam.
She probably shouldn't have lost her job, based on one thing on the internet. Probably gotten a warning if against some unwritten set of rules. Should be able to sue to recoup job, anyone can do that.
Government officials making statements on the net that offend people happen all the time, they only lose jobs if what they say is seen as derogatory to protected classes.
I get that people get fired up about hate speech. But one statement should not be sufficient to do anything. And hate speech should not only apply to protected groups. This isn't the 1950s any more.
I don't agree with what she had to say, clearly better ways to deal with people you don't like/disagree with than calling someone names. But recall sticks and stones, etc.