A Double Standard

May 2007

Regarding the Don Imus affair (the "shock jock" who referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team using a racial slur): Either there should be freedom of speech for everyone, or there should be censorship for most everyone. The major companies that supported the Don Imus show pulled their advertisements for fear of a backlash. It's all about money.

On the airwaves and in Hollywood, if there should be censorship for racists, misogynists, anti-Semites, homophobes, etc., there should also be censorship for Christophobes, Islamophobes, blasphemers, filthy language, etc. Most of the vile language has been issued by the latter.

Or there should be freedom of speech for everyone. And companies should not interfere by pulling their advertisements.


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New Oxford Notes: May 2007

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I've been wrestling with this idea and so far agree with it. Where people go over the edge, let their peers shun them or debate them in a self-correcting atmosphere; but, no laws of criminality on free speech, no matter how abhorrent, but the reactive consequences from greater society must then be confronted.

Where I have a problem is saying porn is free speech, when it's graphics.
Posted by: paulc37
July 10, 2007 02:31 PM EDT
The kids missed an opportunity to forgive. Wouldn't that have been grand gesture? Posted by: Henry Patrick
July 04, 2007 06:21 AM EDT
Once you realize we are in the early stages of an authoritarian regime, you realize that fear of government drives the beast.

The Marxist Party of America (i.e., Democratic Party and other fringe groups) are little more than gangsters using legal briefs and courtrooms in the place of Al Capone's brass knuckles and back alleys. Say the wrong thing, mention the wrong word and you will be severely beaten, once literally, now figuratively.

No coincidence, the top two Democratic presidential candidates are from the Chicago area, as was Mr. Capone. And speaking of modern-day Marxist thugs, Jesse Jackson is also from Chi-town.
Posted by: j17ghs
September 06, 2007 01:38 PM EDT
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