Tagged: First Amendment

Abusing “Free Speech”

Abusing “Free Speech”

  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most hallowed traditions, but it is becoming a dangerous one. Like any freedom, it must have limits. We are not free to do any number of...

When “Rights” Collide

When “Rights” Collide

  I don’t imagine any reasonable person thinks it’s OK to settle a verbal dispute by violence. So when I exercise my First Amendment right, you don’t have the right to shoot me. That’s...

Dumb? Diabolical? Or Both?

Dumb? Diabolical? Or Both?

The dangerous practices of right-wing media have never been more apparent than in their misrepresentation of the Congressional Budget Office report on the effect the Affordable Care Act is likely to have on America’s...

Murdoch is the One who Should be Deported

Murdoch is the One who Should be Deported

America’s far right has no sense of irony. They’re howling for the deportation of Piers Morgan on the grounds that his gun control advocacy is somehow anti-American. Meanwhile, that creepy-crawly Australian import Rupert Murdoch...

Free Speech? This Film Qualifies as Hate Speech!

Free Speech? This Film Qualifies as Hate Speech!

In erroneously criticizing President Obama for”apologizing” to Islamic protesters infuriated by “Innocence of Muslims,” Mitt Romney declared the film represents a precious American value, the right of free speech. As a lifelong journalist, I...

Birth Control Fuss Shows Church’s Hypocrisy

Birth Control Fuss Shows Church’s Hypocrisy

  We’re hearing a lot about the First Amendment rights of religious groups in America. An innocuous regulation in the new health care reform legislation is prompting the most unctuous fulminations from Catholic politicians...

Taking “Free Speech” to a Dangerous Extreme

Taking “Free Speech” to a Dangerous Extreme

In Canada, a citizen’s right to free speech does not include inciting harm to others or describing them in hateful terms. The Criminal Code prohibits “hate propaganda.” And the Canadian Human Rights Act forbids...

Let’s Temper “the Constitution” with Common Sense

Let’s Temper “the Constitution” with Common Sense

The fact that I became an American citizen through choice and not through the accident of birth should tell you that I hold the U.S. Constitution in very high regard. But the way in...

The End of American Democracy – as Some Pundits See it

The End of American Democracy – as Some Pundits See it

The U.S. Supreme Court shocked media pundits this week when a majority of the justices decided it is unconstitutional to limit the amount of money corporations can spend to get politicians elected. MSNBC’s Keith...

Rush, Bachmann and Beck, and the Fatal Folly of Free Speech

Rush, Bachmann and Beck, and the Fatal Folly of Free Speech

There’s a Jamaican saying that “words are wind,” but that’s not always true. Sometimes words have consequences. And sometimes the consequences can be fatal. The thought came to mind today as I read an...