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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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31.

Paul    

Howard Stern shocks people? The only way Howard shocks people anymore is by showing up for work.

1159 days ago
32.

some guy    

If Amy Winehouse had a laptop when she died, it prob would have been typing out "Kim K. Sex ta"

1159 days ago
33.

eden    

Kim and her family's life has become one giant pornographic show. Her huge ass has made her entire family infamous for acting rude, crude and obnoxious, like the world owes them everything. This "wedding", which made Kim MILLIONS of dollars (not a dime came out of her pocket, everything was "gifted" or through endorsement deals) was done for the same reason as her sex tape...to make money. So no, she has not risen above whoring herself out to the highest bidder. Sex tape 2.0.

1159 days ago
34.

some guy    

too easy to shame. Next.

1159 days ago
35.

some guy    

I'm afraid to go on vacay b/c I'm afraid Lindsay will kill me.

1159 days ago
36.

Kate    

I'm sure he's working on his vacation. With technology today. He can't escape his office

1159 days ago
37.

some guy    

I think there should be a tax credit for people to go on vacation. Maybe extra if they stay in the States.


People spend money while on vacay. People should be encouraged to do that. Americans work too hard anyway. Go to the shore before you blow your own head off.

1159 days ago
38.

Erika    

I called in for the first time today and learned trying to have a conversation with Harvey is like trying to have one with the Octomom...you have fallen asleep by the time he comes up for air. I can't believe how long he can talk without listening to someone else.
My point was it's not that the teacher expressed his opinion, it's HOW he did it. He was offensive about it. And if Harvey would have paused and taken a breath, I could have gotten that across.

1159 days ago
39.

quiltersandi    

the potus looks like he's riding a girls bike and his daughter a man's bike...the photo op !!!

1159 days ago
40.

sandra    

Why is he riding a girls bike?

1159 days ago
41.

Michael7307    

I happen to agree with the teach and I am sick and tired of acceptennce of gay marriage being shoved down my throat. That being said I also think that ANY teach no matter their opinion on the subject should not give their students access to their facebook page or other social sites . I opens the door to in appropiate behavior and creates problems like in FL. That teacher or any teacher has the right to express their opinion, as do we all. They just need to present it in the proper forum. They are entiled to their private lives and should keep the line well defined.

1159 days ago
42.

Bill B    

Was you guest try to say that a teacher can no longer write a letter to the editor, expressing his point of view, against a potentially unpopulate point of view without getting suspended? Where's the ACLU now?

1159 days ago
43.

Erin    

Free speech is an absolute. The bigger issue I have is the thought of one of our teachers friending my child on Facebook.

1159 days ago
44.

Whatever    

Congrats Harvey, Mr. Stephens was not prepared for logic and a basic understanding of the Constitution.

It's typical of the GLBT Community to have no tolerance for views that don't agree with theirs. Sadly, the freedoms of American have to suffer to the rule of political correctness.

Randy, remember when you were an in the closet lawyer I'm positive there were teachers you represented who disagree with your lifestyle. But it was on your time. NO DIFFERENCE HERE.

His first Amendment rights are clearly defined and your push to subvert our basic rights is pathetic.

1159 days ago
45.

KC    

In Canada we have laws against "hate speech" and this teacher might be charged because of his comments.

You mentioned a teacher talking about communism in the classroom. If a teacher talks about the pros and cons of communism that's fair. Calling someone a communist in class and saying they should be killed is something else.

1159 days ago
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