Every one knows the first Amendment to the Constitution, its the one that goes: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. You got that, right? But take even one of those away and what are you left with? How many times does one of those tenets have to be violated before the Amendment is moot? How many times can the government run roughshod over the amendment citing the guise for the “public good” or to quiet “subversive speech” or that the thoughts of the press might incite violence? Well, it only has to happen a few times before it becomes commonplace, and it’s getting there quickly.
There are forces out there that want to end your freedoms and replace the reality we have with something else, some end game they seek. This became all too real in Michigan earlier this year. A group signed a contract and rented a high school auditorium to hold an event titled “Constituting Michigan – Founding Principles Act.” It was basically a seminar on applying Constitutional law in courts in Michigan. Well that should all be cut and dried right? Contract signed, place rented, details attended to, speech ready to go. No problem. Then why did the police show up and shut the event down? Oh, because the school district received a complaint letter from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). So school officials notified the police they had a complaint and the police shut it down. Excuse me?
The police showed up and shut down the seminar because of a complaint by an organization that has admitted ties to terrorism. You have got to be kidding me, but no it is true. The police chief gave two different answers to the question of why he ordered the seminar shut down while the audience yelled “What about Free Speech?” Well folks, apparently you can only have free speech when the government lets you have free speech. And don’t try the argument that it might have been taken as hate speech. I don’t care, because here is the thing, hate speech is also protected free speech. Yeah, it is. The Supreme court held in Texas v. Johnson (109 S. Ct. at 2544) that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. No kidding. Federal courts have followed this too saying: The First Amendment does not recognize exceptions for bigotry, racism, and religious intolerance or ideas or matters some may deem trivial, vulgar or profane. (Iota Chi v. GMU).
The only argument left now is that one organization with political capital to spend wanted another organizations ideas shut down and kept from the people. Because the first organization had political capital, they were able to silence the second organization. If you can’t find the wrongness in that when it comes to the first amendment, maybe you should start from the beginning. Because, if we continue to let this happen, we continue to sit by and say it doesn’t affect us we are going to wake up one day to the reality that we can’t say anything without risking being arrested, beaten, re-educated, or killed. That’s not America, that’s some damn third world country ruled by a despot. Is that what you want?