posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 04:39 PM
BERLIN — Secretary of State John Kerry offered a defense of freedom of speech, religion and thought in the United States on Tuesday, telling
German students that in America "you have a right to be stupid if you want to be."
"As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom
and political tolerance, whatever the point of view," Kerry told the students in Berlin, the second stop on his inaugural trip as secretary of
"People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it's the most provocative
thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another," he added.
"The reason is, that's freedom, freedom of speech. In America you have a right to be stupid — if you want to be," he said, prompting laughter. "And
you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be.
"And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that's a virtue. I think that's something worth fighting for," he added. "The
important thing is to have the tolerance to say, you know, you can have a different point of view."
I must be one of the stupid people that he is talking about because I`m not sure what he is saying.
exactly what is it that he thinks is stupid?
Is saying that being "disconnected to somebody" is stupid? and what the heck does that mean anyway?
is he saying that marching in parades that are provocative to other groups is stupid?
Is he saying that having a different point of view is stupid?
is he saying that being insulting is stupid?
is he saying that excercising your right to do any of the above makes you stupid?
I think he was just going for cheap laughs at the expense of all americans by making a joke that doesn`t make any sense.
He should stick to whatever it is that he does best and leave the jokes to the comedians.
edit on 26-2-2013 by Tardacus because: (no reason given)