With all the ongoing attacks on the Second Amendment, it is easy to forget that free speech is also under attack in the United States – and worldwide. Usually the attacks are couched in terms of political correctness, but irrespective of the circumstances, the goal is to control speech.
George Orwell was correct when he admonished us that those who control the past will control the future; and, those who control the present will control the past.
A student at Florida Atlantic University said he was unfairly suspended from his Intercultural Communications class because he refused to step on Jesus:
Ryan Rotella, a junior from Coral Springs, said the incident began when his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole, asked students in the class to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up, and step on it. Rotella, a deeply religious Mormon, told CBS12 that he was offended and refused to participate in the exercise.
All this time I thought universities and public education was about teaching students to think for themselves, not indoctrinate them. Imagine the outrage if Rotella had been told to stomp on a photograph of the Prophet Mohammed.
You don’t have to imagine. Here’s where that concept is headed:
Why can’t an Obama Department of Justice official answer a simple question: will you tell us that the DOJ will never criminalize speech against any religion? He can’t – and won’t – answer that simple question.
The witness could have simply quoted the First Amendment, and thrown it right back at the Congressman, telling him that Congress shall make no laws abridging the right of free speech. Period. End of story.
But the witness couldn’t even bring himself to do that.
If there was any doubt in your mind about the professor that wanted Rotella to stomp on the paper with Jesus written on it, let me assuage you of that doubt:
In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Poole is vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democrat Party. No wonder liberals favor college for everyone, at taxpayer expense if need be.
Free speech is under attack. Here and abroad.
While we fight hard to protect the 2nd Amendment, let’s not lose sight of those recurring attacks on the 1st Amendment.