Sunday, March 6, 2011

Free Speech

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution addresses many issues.

  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."   (With added emphasis.)

Nowhere does it say that people have to be smart or nice.  

Nowhere does is say that the majority has to agree to whatever is being spoken or that we all need to agree.  

The amendment says freedom of religion and not freedom from religion.  

If you don't like religion then you should go to another country.  

The people from the Westboro Baptist Church have the right under the first amendment to peacefully assemble regardless if we like what they are saying.  

The American Nazi Party had the right to march in Skokie many years ago the same way that Martin Luther King had the right to march in Birmingham.  

We can't cherry pick the things that we like and do not like.  

We can't say that we are offended so therefore a religion or a group should not be able to demonstrate.  

We have to take the bad with the good.  

Once we tell people that they do not have the right to freedom of religion or free speech then we all lose our rights.  

I would hate to live in a country where my personal opinion determined others rights.  

The next thing you know they will be telling me what I should or shouldn't do with my life.

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