Freedom Of Speech

Among the bullet points on the bill of rights, the most important is freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech, every other freedom listed is like a house built without a foundation.

Whether it was the attack at Charlie Hebdo earlier this week, 9/11, the London bus bombing in 2005 or any other terrorist attack, what the terrorists are really attacking is freedom of speech.

As I believe it to be, the freedom of speech states that two people can disagree on an issue, with the caveat that even though they disagree, they respect the fact that the other person is entitled to his or her opinion.

There are many countries in this world where freedom of speech, along with other basic freedoms are either severely curtailed or simply don’t exist. There are some within these countries that believe in the idea of my way or the highway (or their case, the grave). They see freedom of speech and other basic freedoms as so vile that anyone who dares to disagree with them, is at best thrown in jail and tortured and at worst, executed.

Freedom of speech and other basic freedoms is not just an American ideal. It belongs to all of us and it’s time that we stood up for it.

#JeSuiCharlie

 

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