“Until there is 50-50 representation, we should make no decisions.”
“If we are going to make these decisions we should have equal representation at the table”.
Both of these comments were made by Senator Lauren Book during a recent “Facing South Florida” interview, the topic was women’s rights and abortion rights.
It appears that Ms. Book only agrees with “50-50 and equal representation at the table” when it comes to certain issues, certainly not those including the registry and sex offenses.
So it truly was a triumph when the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that the injunction Ms. Book had filed against Derek Logue had in fact violated Derek’s free speech rights and didn’t meet all the other injunction requirements. [link to article]
Senator Book is an elected representative of the people, therefore it would seem she should be willing to openly discuss and listen to “both” sides of an issue, any issue, whether she agrees with it or not. Time and again she been asked and refused to speak with members of the Florida Action Committee regarding offender issues.
Remember,” 50-50, equal representation”, you said it yourself Senator.
As we’ve seen by this injunction, Senator Book not only tried to silence Derek Logue’s freedom of speech regarding his right to advocate but it appears that she also attempted to perpetuate her own version of the “stranger danger” myth, that those who advocate for the rights of offenders are people to be feared, people out to harm, people who are in some way a danger.
Ms. Book pleaded with the court that she was in fear of Derek Logue because of several of his actions including protesting at a children’s march she attended in Tallahassee, publicly criticizing her at a NY film festival and commenting through social media and blog posts. She claimed that he was harassing and cyberstalking her. She didn’t like the fact that pictures of her home and address had been had been made available to the public (even though that information had always been publicly available online.)
Remember, 50-50 Senator Book. I can’t imagine that you like having your personal information, home, address, etc., made available to the public any more than say, a registrant would.
Senator Book’s fear according to the courts was subjective, just because she felt Derek was a threat, didn’t mean that he was. Fortunately in a court of law, the court must apply a “reasonable person” standard, not a subjective standard to determine whether an incident causes substantial emotional distress.
It’s the rulings like this one that give us hope.
It’s the people like Derek Logue that stand up for what they believe and refuse to be silenced anymore.
Kudos to Derek!