Assault on free speech

If you say the 'wrong thing' in America today, you could be penalized, fired or even taken to court. In his novel ' 1984,' George Orwell imagined a future world where speech was greatly restricted … and it bears a striking resemblance to the political correctness that we see in America.

• An Ohio teacher is suspended for saying, 'We don't need another black president.'

• A Pennsylvania school newspaper is battling to resume using 'Redskins' to reference their school team in opposition to the principal's directive.

• An actor speaking out against the immorality of homosexual lifestyles is garnering invectives.

In each of these cases (et. al.) liberals have railed against the right of free speech, claiming certain words are 'hurtful' or 'offensive.'

Granted, the liberals also have a right to speak their mind, but to do so in an effort to silence others is alarming, especially when those in authority support their efforts.

'… a nation … afraid to let its people judge truth and falsehood … is a nation that is afraid of its people.' – John Kennedy Some have called this a First Amendment issue running into another First Amendment issue. What other first amendment issue? A right to unimpeded speech is the first freedom clarified in our Bill of Rights. Where is the right to not be called something enshrined? Where is this so-called right to not hear statements with which one may disagree?

'If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.' - George Orwell 'The notion of political correctness declares certain topics, certain expressions, even certain gestures, off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of … censorship.' - George Bush Freedom of speech also includes the option to not listen.

Ken Schaefer 

Sharpsburg



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