Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Speech


"....but I will defend to the death your right to say it"  .

Rev. Rob Schenck has driven a wedge between pro-life and pro-Constitution conservatives and libertarians. He gave a speech for gun control at the big demonstration in Washington.

I support the Second Amendment. If I have to stop supporting the Second Amendment to be against abortion, well then, I won't be against abortion.

Do church signs clutter the right-of-way more than political signs do?

As the oral arguments progressed last Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Ariz., the justices focused on the questions which, once answered, will clarify the First Amendment issues that this case presents.

The case involves a temporary sign ordinance in Gilbert that treats signs differently depending on what they talk about. Political signs get the best treatment — they can be as large as 32 square feet, unlimited in number in the right-of-way, and can stay in place up to five months before an election. In contrast, directional signs, like those of Pastor Clyde Reed’s church, can only be a smallish six square feet (two by three, for example) and can only be up 12 hours before the event to which the sign pertains.

This means, for Pastor Reed’s 10 a.m. church service, the signs cannot go up until 10 p.m. the night before. Obviously, darkness does not enhance the ability of people to see the signs inviting them to the church service. [Full]

Student journalist Daniel Mael on free speech and the campus culture war

“the fact that black people have not burned this country down is beyond me” - November 25, 2014

“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today” - December 20, 2014

“lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist f***ing country” - December 21, 2014

- Brandeis junior Khadija Lynch’s tweets, as reported by fellow student Daniel Mael on Truth Revolt

Daniel Mael, a 22-year-old student journalist at Brandeis University, first reported on fellow student Khadija Lynch’s tweets in the aftermath of the death of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Lynch, a junior, had served as an undergraduate department representative in the university’s African and Afro-American Studies Department — until Mael’s reporting led the department to ask Lynch to step down. [Full]
Skoonj provided a valuable reminder about our First Amendment guarantee of free speech.  Just this morning I ran across those two  examples.  In the first, the Supremes will evidently decide whether towns can allow or disallow road signs based on their content.  Justice Scalia said during oral arguments, “Treat all signs the same.” Simple.

In the second,
Khadija Lyncha Liberal twathead (what else?) attending Brandeis Uwas turned in for what amounts to perceived hate speech by another student.

Hey, people have to endure knowing that Nancy Pelosi is allowed to speak in public.  Tough. 
Democracy is messy.   I always like to find the nexus between  political power and threats to freedom, and in this instance will point the finger at Clinton's  Secretary of Health and Human Services,  Donna E. Shalala. As Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison she imposed a broad speech code subjecting students to disciplinary action for communications that were perceived as hate speech.  Things have gone to hell since.  Maybe we should hang Shalala after a proper trial.   Whoops. Did I say that out loud?  Free speech. 


Tom Smith said...

I was president of an HOA in Atlanta and had a group coming up with our architectural guidelines and had a black guy suggest we can not allow the state flag because it was offensive to him. He was wearing a shirt of the John Carlos from the 1969 Olympics with the raised fist.

Aside from the American flag it was either all or none. No shortage of people that can be offended.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Love it Tom!

Anonymous said...

Sure... refraining from killing the defenseless is the exactly the same as forcing others to be defenseless ...

Free Speech means I can say any damfool thing I want; and others can point out all day long just how damfool it is.

Free Market balance.

Linda said...

Sorry, Khadija was NOT stopped from expressing her opinion.

She had her words exposed to the public at large, who disapproved of the content. And said so.

That is the essence of Free Speech. You're free to say it, but others are also free to think you're wrong. And critique you, and question whether you are a fit representative of the university.

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