San Antonio District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan should try reading up on the First Amendment again. Like many who make nasty and ill advised remarks, Chan is pointing to the First Amendment to excuse her statements.
Chan said in response to leaked audio of her attacking LGBT people during a meeting about San Antonio’s nondiscrimination ordinance that “The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.”
The First Amendment bars the state and federal governments from infringing upon citizen’s right to free speech and expression. This does not, however, prevent someone from being ridiculed or criticized for their statements by the Public.
Any person who makes a statement that is considered offensive, bigoted, or downright stupid can be criticized by the Public without fear that those criticisms would be banned by the United States Government.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro contemned Chan’s remarks saying that “Councilwoman Chan’s comments were hurtful and misinformed and they don’t reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of San Antonians. San Antonio is a city where everybody belongs. We’re a city that treats folks with respect and appreciates our diversity.”
Chan plans to hold a press conference regarding the issue later this week, but it will probably be little more than the usual platitudes and empty excuses.
Chan is in trouble with San Antonians for comments she made about homosexuality. In a meeting held on 21 May to discuss adding non-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, Chan ranted almost the entire time about how disgusting homosexuality is.
Chan also made it clear she believes homosexuality is a choice.
The meeting, though, was called so that Chan could figure out how to oppose the ordinance changes without sounding like a complete and total bigot. The meeting was taped by then-staffer James Stevens. He quit working for Chan shortly before the taped meeting came to light.
Stevens gave the recording to a reporter saying that “My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren’t really discussing the ordinance itself. We were really just talking about ways to appeal to the (voting) base and to get them fired up as opposed to analyzing the ordinance.”
He also said that Chan “is only focused on her political future. She’s not focused on the policy itself and how it’s going to really affect the city. We spent 80 percent of the meeting talking about how disgusting homosexuality is.”
In the reording, Chan is heard saying that “You know, to be quite honest, I know this is not politically correct. I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can’t imagine it.”
During an exchange on pansexuals, Chan asked “How can that be? I will say, ‘Strip down! What equipment do you have?’ I’m telling you. Crazy. We’re getting to crazy realm.”
Stevens did try to warn Chan that the newspapers would get to her, but she brushed it off saying that “That’s why I never would say that outside because they kill me. When I say that it’s … behavioral preference, they say that, ‘No, you’re born with it.’ But I never bought into that.”
Chan showed off the true nature of her feelings claiming that she thinks “they could take hormone shots”. Hormone therapy was one way, in the past, that therapists and doctors tried to cure people of homosexuality. Among those who were forced to undergo such shots was Alan Turing. He later commited suicide.
At one point, Chan rants that “homosexual people” should be banned from adoption saying that it confuses children and that “It is actually, what you call, suggestive, for the kids to be corrupt, which is against nature. I’m telling you, anything that is against nature is not right.”
We are waiting for Ms Chan to return to the jungle to live naked off of scraps of fungus and bark that she eats uncooked because, after all, living in a house and cooking food is highly unnatural.
The rest of her remarks can be found at My San Antonio