Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1st Amendment Freedoms

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke Monday at Columbia University either at their request or Iran's. All the "to do" surrounding it has been couched in 1st Ammendment "Freedom of Speech" terms. That is purely a load of CRAP.

While the 1st Ammendment allows for the free exercise of speech, it does not include any provision for forum nor audience.

We've missed the boat on this one, both the left and the right. While not a citizen of the U.S., I suppose Ahmadinejad is accorded some of the rights of a citizen while on our soil, but no more so. No where will you find a requirement to provide a platform for Klansmen, or any other group or individual to spew their particular position. Nor is there a requirement to force folks to listen to what they consider "B.S." As the right to speak is guaranteed, so the right not to be compelled to listen is likewise.

The way I see it; we have a school which, for whatever purpose, has allowed an enemy of the State a platform to speak against our Country. And, I can't get on board with that. Shame on you, Columbia University.


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