City Council clamps down on dissenters

A former Grover Beach mayor is being accused of hate speech after he asked the City Council “Are you whores?” during a recent public debate.

Councilwoman Mariam Shah believes it is an example of hate speech and derogatory language.

Hate speech is commonly defined as speech that attacks a person or group for attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender.

The city’s rules for meeting behavior don’t specifically prohibit the use of taboo or offensive language in public comment.

Councilwoman Debbie Peterson had a different opinion: She said she didn’t find the comment offensive and was concerned that a council member admonishing a member of the public for their choice of words was inappropriate and could stifle public debate.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Fresno Bee

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