Our Silencing Is Imminent.......

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sun May 24 20:44:33 MDT 2009


Chuck Norris
  Outlawing Opinion
By Chuck Norris 

It greatly alarms me that Americans' constitutional right of freedom of 
speech is being squeezed out of our culture. Several years ago, I watched 
then-"20/20" correspondent Diane Sawyer interview Saddam Hussein, who was 
dictator of Iraq at the time. She respectfully confronted him for the 
atrocities and executions he used as punishments for people who merely 
spoke out against him, his rule or his politics. Surprisingly naive of 
America's constitutional basis, Saddam asked, "Well, what happens to those 
who speak against your president?" (He clearly was expecting that such 
speech was also a crime in the U.S. and punishable by law.) Shocked by his 
sheer ignorance of the U.S. -- and somewhat at a loss for words herself -- 
Diane quipped back in answering his question, "They host television talk 
shows!" Saddam's facial expression revealed that he was totally confused by 
her answer.

Sounds so far-out, doesn't it? Offensive speech being punishable by law? 
But it might not be that far off for America, especially if the course of 
free speech continues on its present track -- a path of progressive 
restrictions, both from our government and our culture.

For example, presently bill S. 909 is on the fast track through the Senate, 
poised under the guise of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention 
Act. While the bill purports to target crimes of brutality, not speech, 
once enacted, local justices could expand its interpretive enforcement to 
encompass a wider meaning than originally conceived. In the end, it could 
not only criminalize opinions (an unconstitutional act) but also provide 
elevated protection to pedophiles.

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