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Friday, June 30, 2006

When Speech Becomes A Crime...

Contrary to Bill Keller's arrogant assertion that the Founding Father's genuflected on the site of the future New York Times building and bestowed the Freedom of the Press only on the Fourth Estate, you share in the freedoms of press and of speech. They weren't bestowed on you by anyone. They are self-evident, endowed upon you by virtue of your creation, and they are unalienable.

They are also under attack. Here at home and around the world.
  • Roman Catholic Robert Smith is fired from an appointment on the Washington Metro transit authority board by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich for the crime of saying that he doesn't approve of homosexuality.
  • Journalist and author Oriana Fallaci cannot visit her native country of Italy for fear of being thrown in prison because of a lawsuit brought against her by the Italian Muslim Union for the crime of "defaming Islam."
  • British neo-Nazi David Irving is sentenced to three years in prison in Austria for a 1989 speech in which he committed the crime of Holocaust denial.
  • College Republican Steve Hinkle is found guilty by California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) for "disruption" for the crime of putting up a flyer advertising a black conservative speaker.
Distasteful as one may find some of those views, their loss of freedom is your loss as well. Read all of Cinnamon Stillwell's article "When Speech Becomes A Crime" and if you value your natural rights then pay attention to the cases above and the others mentioned in the article. The threat is real. Don't let your birthright be slowly taken from you piece by piece.

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