An interesting matter has arisen in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, but be assured that this idea could well surface in your hometown. (ADDED by Centinel2012: This could happen any where in this country and is totally against the US Constitution so you are now warned.)
Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive, has suggested that there be a Human Rights Council in Cuyahoga County for a specialty group, specifically, and at this time, for the LGBTQ community (as though the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is so ethical and trustworthy). Budish seeks a form of justice, but not the justice referenced in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, but a form of “social justice.” However, the moment we divide Americans into groups and treat one group differently from the others, it is no longer true justice. Rather, it is meant as boost or benefit for one select group at the expense of another.
The commission would conduct investigations on gender issues and enforce and issue subpoenas as a quasi-judicial appointed attorney. No one so titled should be able to levy monetary penalties, especially for undecided social, moral issues.
Under the proposed law, the plaintiff (one who sues) would be financially supported by the commission, which opens up the proverbial can of worms because he/she has no “skin in the game.” Unless the plaintiff bears the risk or consequences for his/her actions, the suit could be frivolous or malicious, and the victim harmed, whether reputationally or financially.
Above all, this type of lawsuit is a kind of censorship system. In our country, under our laws, the Bill of Rights guarantees the Freedom of Speech, but a legal threat creates an atmosphere of fear of consequence. This is not unlike the accusations of Islamophobia, when one might want to say something that is perfectly within his/her right but fears a penalty that could do him great harm. This is unjust.
I ask the members of the Cuyahoga County Council to not vote to oblige your fellow council members, and not to vote because of the request made by the county executive, but to vote your conscience. Put yourselves in the position of saying something, perhaps a little untoward or not meeting the “standards” of self-appointed morality police, but perfectly within your rights, and imagine someone deciding to sue you and being reimbursed so that the only one to bear the brunt of consequences is you, the unwitting defendant.