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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.


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16.

James    

but facebook can be SET so that ONLY persons on your friends list can see what one post's and its NOT OPEN to everyone..

1122 days ago
17.

Beth    

Specious argument. As a corporate employee I am required by contract to maintain a standard.

Again, it's the teacher's responsibility not to push his own agenda but open the student's mind to critical thinking.

1122 days ago
18.

some guy    

Harvey's too Jewish. Any new fail get-rich-quick schemes lately?

1122 days ago
19.

LIKEOMG    

How about you stop posting videos of yourselves as if you're celebrities and clogging up what is already a painfully slow-loading website. No one cares what you have to say or what you think, stick to posting the celebrity gossip which is what we're all here for.

1122 days ago
20.

some guy    

I don't think he should've been placed on leave. Seems pretty harsh. Got a feeling he's one of the first people in his state to get in trouble for doing this. Think it's a little harsh for a 1st-time thing.

1122 days ago
21.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Harvey should be placed on leave for being a short man with a big mouth.

1122 days ago
22.

ttmarie    

So much for free speech--basically you are only free to say what you like, you just have to pay the price for making the statements

1122 days ago
23.

Paul    

Big brother is watching.

(And he's watching from the left half of the political spectrum.)

1122 days ago
24.

some guy    

Florida. I keep getting this nagging feeling it's a fail state. They make their temporary license plates for cars out of cardboard. True story.

1122 days ago
25.

StPeteRickster    

I agree with the 1st Amendment argument, but also need to consider that California is a MUCH MORE hospitable climate for gays.
In Florida, gay teen suicide is an epidemic.

This might be a case where the East Coast and the West Coast are two entirely different worlds.

Gays are basically second class citizens here in the South....

1122 days ago
26.

Kate    

Being a teacher on Facebook is scary. I read a story once where a teacher was fired for posting bikini pictures!

1122 days ago
27.

dgn4369    

This country was founded on the belief that each person has the right and do what they please. I personally find his gay bashing offenive but he has his right to opinion. Like is has been said before, opinions are like ********, everyone has one.

1122 days ago
28.

Stephen    

You guys are way out of the thirty mile zone!

1122 days ago
29.

Crazyfoot    

what if a student said the same thing? wounldnt he get suspended?

Are students allowed to say there teachers are bad and should get fired?

1122 days ago
30.

some guy    

I would've been muzzled ages ago if someone stopped me for offending someone.

1122 days ago
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