"Restriction of free thought and free speech
is the most dangerous of all subversions.
It is the one un-American act
that could most easily defeat us."
Justice William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
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Gee that wasn't very "Politically Correct" was it? LOL
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The un-American acts of restricting free thought and speech is the subterfuge most diligently pursued by government schools and media in the once land of the free and home of the brave.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I agree wholly with freedom of speech and thought until they want to smear it in my face.
     -- cal, Lewisville, TX     
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    You are free to speak, and I am free to listen or not and to agree or not. But no one has a right to be a nuisance. The right to privacy and conscience are limiting factors to the right to speak. You are free to make your own music, as long as you do not force me to listen to it. Personally, I wouldn't mind a little more silence -- frankly, I have heard enough prattle for quite some time. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    It is also true, as Justice Robert Jackson expressed it, that the Constitution is not a suicide pact...
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- jim k, austin      
    The introduction of the concept of 'hate speech' has corrupted free speech. The stories coming from college campuses today tell us that free speech is not welcome, it is considered 'hateful.' The speakers are then vilified and the mob is encouraged to lynch them for their rhetoric. All in the name of tolerance, mind you, not love. The media fuels the fire as authorities on speech correctness and continue with their mantras of tolerance, diversity, and blame. Violent response to spoken words is the epitome of hypocrisy. This is not tolerance, this is not "non-hate speech", this is not a dialogue, it IS violence, it IS violating people's rights, it IS war. Why are colleges promoting violence and civil war in the name of tolerance and diversity? It is now a punishable 'offense' to say something that might hurt someone's feelings -- unless you are a white heterosexual male, the ultimate 'offender' of all.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     -- jim k, Austin      
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