In the past week I've (we all have) seen the threads on Chick-fil-A, Westboro Baptist, and OWS.
All three have had one common theme. Freedom of speech.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In the OWS thread, this as discussed.
Last year’s “occupy movement” scared the government. On March 8, President Obama signed a law that makes protesting more difficult and more
criminal. The law is titled the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, and it passed unanimously in the Senate and with only three
“no” votes in the House. It was called the "Trepass Bill" by Congress and the "anti-Occupy law" by everyone else who commented.
The law “improves” public grounds by forcing people - protestors - elsewhere. It amends an older law that made it a federal crime to “willfully
and knowingly” enter a restricted space. Now you will be found guilty of this offense if you simply “knowingly” enter a restricted area, even if
you did not know it was illegal to do so. The Department of Homeland Security can designate an event as one of “national significance,” making
protests or demonstrations near the event illegal.
The law makes it punishable by up to ten years in jail to protest anywhere the Secret Service “is or will be temporarily visiting,” or anywhere
they might be guarding someone. Does the name Secret tell you anything about your chances of knowing where they are? The law allows for conviction
if you are “disorderly or disruptive,” or if you “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.” You
can no longer heckle or “boo” at a political candidate’s speech, as that would be disruptive.
In the Chick-fil-A thread, this was discussed.
ATLANTA -- Gay rights advocates say they're surprised that the president of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has taken a public position against
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support what he called the biblical
definition of the family unit.
And as for the Westboro Baptist thread, this was said.
Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping
veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations.
According to "The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," which is now headed to President Barack Obama's
desk, demonstrators will no longer be allowed to picket military funerals two hours before or after a service. The bill also requires protestors to be
at least 300 feet away from grieving family members.
All three topics dealt with the restrictions of free speech. From the aspect of a CEO voicing his personal opinion to a national organisation that
can't be allowed to protest anywhere near their focus to a despicable church group who voices their opinions at the burials of brave and honourable
men and women.
Many threads have been created as a result of the Aurora Colorado shooting about the attacks on the 2nd Amendment.
The 1st is under attack as well.
Everyone has a different ideology. Everyone has a different slant. There have been some that may have agreed with the laws against Occupy but hated
the atacks on the Chick-fil-A CEO. And vice versa.
But it is ALL against freedom of speech. You can't bristle at one law against one group that you support and then cheer the same kind of laws
against someone who you don't support.
A member had a signature line that once said, "True freedom of speech is defending someone you DON'T agree with."
You're either for ALL the laws against freedom of speech, or you're against ALL the laws.
Cherry-picking because you like/dislike someone or something is hypocritical and disingenuous.
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