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Friday, February 02, 2007

Is "Faggot" the New N-Word?

The recent storm over Grey's Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington calling a fellow actor a "faggot" has caused me to think, who cares what he said? As a libertarian, I think that everyone has a right to his or her opinion and is free to dislike any person or class of people and to vocalize that, so long as they don't advocate limiting any person's liberty.

Washington DC gay newspaper the Washington Blade, which is an underappreciated and very well-written newspaper, covers the issue thoroughly, including ridiculous proposals to ban the use of the new "F Word" on television. Plus they say what we all thought, that Anderson Cooper must be gay.

As a prophylactic to protect myself from potential angry, swearing commenters, I will disclose that I am gay. My personal favorite way to refer to gay men is fudge packers. Call me a carpet muncher, I don't care. Call me an asshole, disagree with me, tell me I will rot in hell and don't let me into your church. That is okay and you have a right to do it so long as you don't want to restrict my civil liberty.

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