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There is an emerging code in the modern world which seeks to control and dictate the words we use and the ideas we share.
A "professional" protester yelled at a Ohio university that the Koran is evil and ripped out some pages. A crowd assaulted him.
Freedom of speech does not protect "falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater.” – U.S. Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1919.
Freedom of speech does not demand that one has to prove the freedom to show one’s ignorance.
Obama's Department of Justice seeks to criminalize criticism of Islam -- a declaration of war on the first amendment.
Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and the student group White Rose protested Nazi atrocities, including the murder of Jews. In 1943, the Scholl siblings and their comrade Christoph Probst were caught, tried in a show trial and beheaded.
As far as many Western governments and journalists are concerned, physical assaults on Palestinian reporters in the Gaza Strip are fine as long as they are not perpetrated by Israel.
Let me clarify these misconceptions about Islam so that there is no excuse for warmongers and those who wish to shed oceans of blood.
These new regulations were announced on Thursday, just three days after the American Freedom Defense Initiative ads were put up with court approval.
Eltahawy was arrested Wednesday evening, September 26, in a New York City subway station because she insisted free speech included her right to deface an ad espousing a message with which she disagreed -- Pamela Geller's anti-Jihad ad. She also insisted her free speech right extended to spraying toxic paint on a woman, Pamela Hall, who tried to interfere with Eltahawy's efforts to deface Geller's ad. And then Eltahawy blamed Hall for interfering with her free speech rights and accused the arresting police officers of interfering with her "non-violent" protest, thereby engaging in anti-democratic activity.
The year 1984, by Gregorian reckoning, came and went, and Americans seemed to have dodged the Nineteen-Eighty-Four bullet. We weren’t being interned for reeducation by a Ministry of Love. Although conservative, constitutionalist, limited-government ideas came under relentless attack in the mainstream media and the academy, those who expressed the ideas remained free to do so. (They in fact became freer with the lifting under Reagan of the genuinely Orwellian-named “Fairness Doctrine.”) In 2012, the atmosphere has changed.
When Free Speech Collides with Hate Speech, Truth is the Remedy.
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