OKC officer pulls man over for anti-Obama sign on vehicle
An Oklahoma City police officer wrongly pulled over a man last week and confiscated an anti-President Barack Obama sign the man had on his vehicle.
The officer misinterpreted the sign as threatening, said Capt. Steve McCool, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, and took the sign, which read "Abort Obama, not the unborn."
Chip Harrison said he was driving to work when a police car followed him for several miles and then signaled for him to pull over.
''I pulled over, knowing I hadn't done anything wrong," Harrison said in a recent phone interview.
When the officer asked Harrison if he knew why he had been pulled over, Harrison said he did not.
''They said, 'It's because of the sign in your window,'" Harrison said.
But his run-in with the law wasn't over yet.
''The Secret Service called and said they were at my house," Harrison said.
After talking to his attorney, Harrison went home where he met the Secret Service.
''When I was on my way there, the Secret Service called me and said they weren't going to ransack my house or anything ... they just wanted to (walk through the house) and make sure I wasn't a part of any hate groups."
Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit noted a paper from the USC Chicano Studies Research Center on what constitutes "hate speech:"
Types of Hate Speech
We identified four types of speech that, through negative statements, create a climate of hate and prejudice:
(1) false facts [including "simple falsehoods, exaggerated statements, or decontextualized facts [that] rendered the statements misleading"],
(2) flawed argumentation,
(3) divisive language, and
(4) dehumanizing metaphors."Check out the link and read the "examples." Okay! That about covers it! In the new world of Maximum Barry, we'll all be allowed to wax poetic about teddy bears, Oprah, and that lovely woman Nancy Pelosi. Oh yeah, don't mind that yellow Star of David that reads "GUNOWNER" stitched on all your clothing! It's only a fashion accoutrement!