This last week we have another example of US free speech violations as a Manhattan woman was fired from her job for posting criticism of the military on her Facebook page. She has also received death threats and extremely rude comments from military vets and their supporters.
Meagan May posted this comment on her facebook page;
Everyone is constantly glorifying the military calling them “heroes” etc. War is not “heroic”. Saying no to violence and solving problems peacefully is heroic. So no, I will not thank those who CHOOSE (ON THEIR OWN FREE WILL) to go kill themselves in battle. Get a life and a real job. Oh, And stop demanding a military discount everywhere you go. You’re no better nor no more deserving than a “civilian”.
She was fired from Carmike Cinemas where she had just been promoted. Carmike seemed so concerned about their military veteran customers they were willing to sacrifice May over her freedom of speech. On top of that, they had the nerve to post a comment on her page;
Carmike Cinemas Inc.
Appreciates and is grateful to the brave servicemen and women at home and abroad, who are dedicated to defending our nation. We have and will continue to support them while we also recognize the sacrifices of their families.
In response to the recent anti-military remarks by a former employee of our organization, we would like to emphatically sate that those comments in no way represent the thoughts or sentiments of Carmike Cinemas Inc. We hold the utmost respect and admiration for our military and service they provide in protecting our great freedoms.
Some of those who oppose her went as far as putting up a Facebook page attacking her character as well as opposing her opinion. The page could be considered harassment. It is called The TRUTH About Meagan Hatesoursoldiers May. One of the comments on it said;
I beg of thee, share this page!! I will guide you all on your journey toward REAL lives! Mostly, I will enlighten you on the truth about Meagan Lyn May.
Please also message me any screen shots of her ineptitude (particularly, ones where she mocks widows, makes jokes about her baby being taken away, or anything else that highlights her scum baggery!), photos she posts, or any other fun tid bits that you would like to see on this page. I refuse to visit the scum's profile, for fear of contracting hepatitis, and would like to keep things fresh and titillating!
May told WIBW New that comment has generated over 10,000 comments on her page, has been shared over 2,800 times and she has received phone call death threats as well as posts on her page. Here are a few of her negative comments on her Facebook page;
Names withheld—She is a terrible person and should not have been allowed to reproduce. May god have mercy on her child's soul.
NW—While your sharing my pictures bitch how about you thank my husband in that picture for YOUR FREEDOM.
NW—These are the ones who pay the ultimate sacrifice, so dumb Bitch's like Meagan can spout their venom!!!!!!
They brag about fighting for her freedoms, such as freedom of speech, while they are taking part in and cheering on the effort to stop her from speaking her mind. She\can’t really have freedom of speech if she got fired for speaking out.
She did have supportive comments;
NW—Let's make one thing crystal clear, no member of the US military contributes in any way whatsoever to protecting the freedoms of the American people. As a matter of fact, they are more likely to turn their weapons on you than they are to defend your Constitutional rights.
The only people on this planet Earth who can affect your freedom are members of Congress, local legislators and the members of enforcement institutions who will blindly follow the rulers who sign their paychecks. And, while your beloved troops are murdering people around the globe, yes, I said murdering, your Congress and local legislators are eliminating your freedoms, en masse, without any intervention by our so-called protectors in the armed forces.
And one message contained this hyperlink and a video: Our Troops do NOT Protect Our Freedom and We Should Stop Thanking Them for Doing So.
May told WIBW New that she will not take down the post.
“I’m gonna let people know that I can post what I want on my Facebook.”
Generally, I don’t focus much criticism on the men and women of the military, unless they flaunt what they do for political reasons. I usually aim my criticism at the politicians who make the wars. It is still important that people, such as May are defended when they criticize what our military people actually do. Freedom of speech is useless if it isn't allowed to be practiced.