"If there is any principle
of the Constitution
that more imperatively calls
for attachment than any other
it is the principle of free thought --
not free thought for those
who agree with us
but freedom for the thought
that we hate."
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as "The Great Dissenter"
United States v. Schwimmer,
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This is among the best comments of summing up the importance of the freedom of thought / speech.
 -- Karen, Nashville, TN     
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    Freedom of thought is the sine qua non of personal Sovereignty and is inextricable from Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Tell that to the liberal universities that require permits to use Free Speech zones and censor Republican students and speakers.  Tell that to the leftist media that censor and propagandize as core tenets of their agenda.  Where is the honest debate and dialogue?  What is the true intention?  Ideas need to be discussed and fleshed out.  Reality must be observed, lies have no lasting foundation.  As usual, the battle is for your mind.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary, MI      
    Snowflakes believe in free speech as long as you agree with them. Then if you have an opinion that disagrees with the party line, all hell breaks loose.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Not shooting the messenger, a great stand alone sentiment ! Of course, the current version of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land abhors such a principle
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The scientific mind really does not meet with thoughts they hate. The scientist proves their concepts with experiment. If it passes the experimental test it is believed. If it does not pass the experimental test, it is thrown out.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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