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Alex Young and Leslie WieseHere’s an interesting take on freedom of speech, from the New York Times via The Huffington Post:

DENVER, April 13 — Lawyers for two men charged with illegally ejecting two people from a speech by President Bush in 2005 are arguing that the president’s staff can lawfully remove anyone who expresses points of view different from his.

Wait. What? What?

Yep. Now you’re thinking, “So they busted someone who was shouting down the President …”

Not. The two removed arrived at a Bush speech with an antiwar sticker on their car. That’s it! A photo of the dangerous duo (and the offending bumper sticker) lurks at right.

Wow.


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Written by Monte

April 17, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Ah, Lawrence, you always make me think. For if it is an issue of power, we are, once again, back to Jesus, the lamb upon the throne, who triumphs by refusing power over others. Are not his passions directly aimed at the core of this world’s ills?

    Monte

    April 21, 2007 at 3:12 pm

  2. The “no platform” debate is an important one. The issue isn’t freedom of speech: it’s the question of what happens when those who disagree have the power to enforce their will and views – and when prosecuting those views causes hatred and death to others. Freedom of speech cannot be set against the more fundamental right (which actually underlies freedom of speech) to live and be able to go about one’s business without fear for one’s person or life. There are some views (Holocaust denial, militant racism, hardline religious fundamentalism etc) that simply ought not be given space. Their very expression is actually more than “speech”: it is an act of violence. If Bush and co cannot tolerate debate, and they are the government of the day, the irony is that their views (when expressed by them!) ought not to have a platform!

    Lawrence

    April 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm

  3. Thanks, and congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Monte

    April 19, 2007 at 2:48 pm

  4. Monte,

    Just wanted to say hi. I’ve been missing your blog as I’ve spent the past few months working hard on a novel, which is finally in its first-draft form!

    Love reading your stuff.

    A/A

    Adela

    April 19, 2007 at 6:37 am

  5. Greetings. I’ve heard the idea that the very right which so many christians support could well be the entity which will bring about an end to dissent. When folks are silenced for having a different or even unpopular idea a chill wind is blowing. Whenever I hear someone proclaim that which is in total opposition to what I believe, I’m grateful that they have the right to at least say it. (Even if it’s totally ridiculous.) If they can be silenced, I can be silenced. As a nation, we’re heading into some dangerous waters on a number of fronts. Thanks for the post.

    have a great day in Christ.

    timbob

    timbob

    April 18, 2007 at 1:11 pm

  6. Hello 1ofHis – thanks for coming by!
    What else brought freedom of speech to mind today?

    Monte

    April 18, 2007 at 10:40 am

  7. Freedom of speech seems to be the topic of the day.

    1ofHis

    April 17, 2007 at 4:47 pm


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