Michigan Assistant Attorney General
Andrew Shirvell has secured Chris
Armstrong Watch, the blog he's used to harass a gay student,
after a Tuesday appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
created a firestorm of protest and calls for his immediate
On the program, Shirvell defended his
right to harass Chris Armstrong, the openly gay president of the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Student Assembly.
“This is a political campaign. This
is nothing personal against Chris,” Shirvell responded to Cooper's
questions about his protest, which includes lengthy posts on his
subject, heckling Armstrong at political rallies and protesting him
outside his home.
“There's a picture of Chris Armstrong
with a Nazi swastika under his face, there's another with the words
'racist elitist liar' scrawled on his face,” Cooper insisted. “You
accuse him at one point of being Satan's representative on the
“I'm a Christian citizen exercising
my First Amendment rights. I have no problem with the fact that
Chris is a homosexual. I have a problem with the fact that he's
advancing a radical homosexual agenda,” Shirvell responded.
In one blog post, titled OUTRAGE
ALERT: Armstrong Invites U of M Freshman to Join the Homosexual
Lifestyle, Shirvell warns parents that Armstrong is “actively
recruiting your sons and daughters to join the homosexual
On Wednesday, Shirvell's boss, Attorney
General Mike Cox, a Republican, appeared on Cooper's program. While
Cox called Shirvell's actions “offensive,” he also defended his
“He's clearly a bully. Absolutely,”
Cox said. “And is he using the Internet to be a bully? Yes,”
Cox said. “But is that protected under the First Amendment of the
United States Constitution? Yes.”
The Detroit Free Press reported
on Thursday that Shirvell has been banned from the University of
Michigan campus, and that Armstrong has filed a personal protection
order against him.
And Shirvell's Internet diary on
Armstrong, Chris Armstrong Watch, was suddenly walled off from
prying eyes behind a password protected page.