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Gay Bashing Teacher

Sparks FREE SPEECH Fight

8/23/2011 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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A Florida teacher is suspended for bashing gay marriage on his Facebook -- so Harvey gets into a heated debate over free speech with one of the teacher's opponents.

And, Kim Kardashian's wedding drew millions of new viewers ... to her SEX TAPE! Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch calls in to talk about cashing in on Kim's butt.

Plus, does President Barack Obama deserve the heat he's taking ... for going on vacation?

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(0:00) A Florida teacher is suspended for ripping gay marriage on Facebook -- does this go against free speech?
(3:30) Randy Stephens -- executive director of GLBT Community of Central Florida -- is on the phone ... and he agrees with the suspension.
(11:01) Harvey and Randy go toe-to-toe.
(22:30) Viewers defend free speech ... for the most part.
(35:02) A change of pace ... Kim K's porn was more popular than ever during her wedding weekend. Mike's got this one.
(37:30) Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch calls in to talk about the porn's sudden rise in popularity.
(42:30) Time to "shame the audio guy."
(44:05) President Barack Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard is used as fuel to flame the anti-Obama fire.
(50:01) Will and Jada Pinkett Smith -- they are NOT splitting up ... despite reports to the contrary.


84 COMMENTS

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1.

Sonya in Tx    

FREE SPEECH IS ABSOLUTE, EXCEPT LIBEL AND SLANDER.

STILL, I HOPE THE GAY BASHING TEACHER IS FIRED. LEAVE THE RELIGION AT HOME. SHEESH.

ALSO, IS IT TRUE THAT KATE MIDDLETON SUFFERED A MISCARRIAGE?

1095 days ago
2.

Norba    

@TMZ Live

What happened to TMZ Fit Club.

Norba

1095 days ago
3.

blah    

someone tell the fat boy to stop texting and get to work noone wants to see that or you picking your nose how gross. you know the camera is on shouldnt you be looking up more "facts" about people to spew

1095 days ago
4.

Keedee    

Definitely a free speech issue. Just checking out today's topics. Slow news day, eh?

1095 days ago
5.

andyconda    

I think you should marry who you want to.
even you want to marry a coke bottle. or a basket ball
have at it.. there is more to worry about in life, then that.
hell tomorrow i might marry a sausage and meatball sub.

1095 days ago
6.

alli    

when Bush was POTUS he spent more time on vacation than in the White House. He appeared on vacation on 9/11 while reading a book upside down to elementary school kids...that man was on a permanent vacation...so to criticize Obama for going away, just hypocritical.

1095 days ago
7.

Ben    

Did Harv fall into a 3 foot deep grape juice pool?

1095 days ago
8.

nick    

why did In Touch Weekly say that will and his wife separated.

1095 days ago
9.

Bob    

He did this on his own time on Facebook where only his friends could see it. If the school gets away with this then everything you put online anywhere can be used as an excuse by your employer to fire you. Think about that, bad day at work, a remark about it and you're fired. Fair? Mo. Legal? Possibly.

1095 days ago
10.

Ali    

Why is it ok to jam down our throats that "Gay marriage is ok"!! Religion aside guys, you can't fight "Natural Law" A man and man do not FIT together.. First of all, the media and these none educated celebrities give off there opinions and people are suppose to look up to them.. Believe them. People give your heads a shake, wake up and stop bullying people into making them believe that homosexuality is normal. IT's NOT.. The teacher is in his right to teach to teach his support for the real meaning of marriage. IF he is not allowed to do this then you can't have it the way.
Free speech works both way...

1095 days ago
11.

Beth    

Secular constitution, secular position. The most important thing a teacher can do is suspend his belief system and teach critical thinking.

1095 days ago
12.

some guy    

Hmm... did the teacher have his pic and address on Facebook?

1095 days ago
13.

VegasKing    

Harvey, All teachers have to sign paperwork saying they will not make disparaging remarks publicly. Many teachers have been fired for saying less on Facebook, he makes no difference.

1095 days ago
14.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

I could care less if someone married someone of the same sex, it has no impact on my life. But that is just my opinion and what that person said online is their opinion and they are entitled to express it. Free speech is our right, whether you like what people say or not. But it is still a pretty dumb decision for a teacher to make. Employers look online to see what employees say and people constantly get themselves in trouble for it and this is well known. One way or another they will find a way to get rid of this teacher, if not from this then by some other excuse. No school wants to employ a teacher that makes their school look bad to the rest of the nation.

1095 days ago
15.

omegabeta    

so it's OK if a teacher with black kids in their class is a known KKK member? Nothing is black and white.

1095 days ago
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