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.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that somewhere in the world, someone is unhappy about something. It is also a truth universally acknowledged that we can never please everyone, there will always be someone who disagrees with us and has no problem sharing that with us.
In light of the Sony hacking scandal and the information that has been released, The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco has been pulled from movie theaters.
I personally think that this movie looks incredibly dumb and a waste of my movie going time, but that simply my opinion.
What matters is that instead of standing up to Guardians Of Peace, the hackers who opened this can of worms to begin with, Sony and the companies that own the movie theaters have cow towed to the threats.
While I completely understand that the safety of their staff and customers is of the utmost importance, I firmly believe that we cannot sacrifice our freedoms, especially freedom of speech and expression to threats of violence. This country was founded on the principle of being able to openly express one’s beliefs without fear of repercussion.
It’s just a movie. It is a work of fiction. It represents the ideals and beliefs of the filmmakers. It does not represent every single American citizen.
One of the things I have come to believe is that when a government goes after an artist because he or she uses their art to express their dislike of that government, there is something fishy going on. Especially when that government attacks an artist who is not a citizen of that country.
While the security and safety of the American people is of the utmost importance, it is as important, if not more important to remember why this country was founded. If we choose safety and security over the Bill Of Rights, then I fear that we are backsliding into a pit that we may never climb out of.