Friday, March 03, 2017

Freedom of speech?—Chicago man terminated for tweet about widow of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

We can see once again how freedom of speech doesn’t work well in a society where our employers have so much power over us. They can fire us for any reason or no reason at all, at least in most states. The following is about a man who was fired for an anti-Donald Trump tweet. The twee criticized the widow of a Navy SEAL. His criticism is that she allowed Trump to use her for his own political agenda. It was legitimate criticism. The man’s father refused to let Trump use him that way. So conservative were outraged, probably because he dared to criticize the US military. And as conservatives are known to do, they probably sought out his employer, because getting people fired for their opinions is what conservatives do. According to the article one conservative said:
"I really want to ruin this guy’s life over what he said. Does this make me THE LIBERAL now?” Of course most of us realize it takes a conservative to cost someone their job over an opinion.
Unlike many states, such as Kansas, where I live, he may be able to sue his employers, Liberty Advisor Group, because of the Illinois' Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Illinois actually has a law to protect people from being fired over something they did in their off hours in their own time. That is the only way people in this country can actually have freedom of speech. If we can be fired for our opinions then we really don’t have freedom of speech. –SJ Otto

Here is the article from    

Another day, another tweet that cost someone their job.
Before President Donald Trump gave his speech to Congress Tuesday, Chicagoan Daniel Grilo had a job at a financial firm. The next day, he didn't.
During the speech, Grilo, at the time a principal at Liberty Advisor Group, tweeted, "Sorry Owens' wife, you're not helping yourself or your husband's memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you."
Grilo was referring to Carryn Owens, whose husband, Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, was killed during a January raid that targeted an al-Qaida stronghold in Yemen. Owens attended the president's speech and cried as Trump acknowledged her and the audience applauded.
The tweet sparked a firestorm not only on Twitter, but on several social networks including 4chan and Reddit, shredding Grilo for his comments. "You're disgusting, you don't even deserve to speak to this man who served," wrote @PolitBunny on Twitter. On Reddit, another user named "whywouldyousaythattt" wrote: "I really want to ruin this guy’s life over what he said. Does this make me THE LIBERAL now? ;("
Within a few minutes Grilo responded with an apology, writing, "Folks, clearly a poorly worded tweet. I apologize to all and am deeply moved by all your comments. Thank you for your feedback."

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