Yesterday I was browsing the Internet on Flipboard, my iPad app that takes in information and puts it into a newspaper/magazine layout. I came across a webpage that really sent me reeling. I won’t link to that webpage, I will leave that up to you to find it. I do not want to give this person any track from my website because I am totally against what he is doing.

I am sure we have all heard of people being fired for what they say on Facebook, being fired for blog posts, or pictures of them on websites. So I want to ask, why in the world is Michigan’s assistant attorney general Andrew Shrivell still in his job? For some reason this guy has a vendetta for openly gay president of the University of Michigan student assembly, Chris Armstrong.

Shrivell is cyber-bullying Armstong with his posts. He was taken to task by WXYZ Ann Arbor’s Action News 7. His replies to questions about information in his blog posts wouldn’t even hold up in court, yet Shrivell uses it in his blog as accusations against Armstrong. Accusations that he has no proof of, accusations that would be thrown out of court for lack of evidence. Even his boss, attorney general Mike Cox said in the WXYZ article that, “… Mr. Shrivell’s immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office are clear.” But I am confused.. okay so let’s get this straight, he is immature and lacks judgment outside of the office, and this doesn’t spill over to what he does at work?  This man is like a switch and can turn off his immaturity and lack of judgment while at work? I really do not believe that is possible, especially if he is as passionate about his cases as he is about Armstrong.

What is ironic about this is that his boss, Cox, uses videos to teach students about cyberspace bullies and predators. Yet nothing is done about one of his employees engaging in cyberspace bullying.

I am a believer in a Thomas Paine quote that he made in the beginning of The Age of Reason, “…I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. The most formidable weapon, against errors of every kind, is Reason…” Shrivell is allowed is opinion but his opinion does not allow legitimize his right to bully Armstrong, and he is definitely lacking in reason.

As Thomas Paine said, “suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society,” and for some reason Shrivell is acting like a spurned lover of Armstrong and suspicious of Armstrong’s activities.