Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.*
For me and my simple mind that seems pretty straight forward. I am addressing the part that says, "prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech."
In other words you can say anything about anything. Now having said that I realize we have made a few rules that overrule my anything about anything. For example the ruling you can't yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. The basic "theater" ruling was ruled to prevent harm to people who may be injured trying to exit the facility during an emergency. This is to say to you can't have freedom of speech for the purpose of inciting panic. That makes perfect sense to me.
Now comes the "politically correct" crowd. You can't call a fat person fat (except me, I don't care, I am). You can't call a homosexual a homosexual because he/she is, you must call them "gay" (?). You can't say I wanna beat the snot out of you because you just PO'd me by calling me a dumb Conservative. Now I can't even say I really don't want Muslims or illegal Hispanics in our/my country. Well at least that's the way it is in the Netherlands. I invite you to read this article about Geert Wilders Clik here. Mr. Wilders is on trial in the Netherlands for hate speech. Yes, that is right "hate speech". According to the article, and you should read it, really, what an eye opener, Mr. Wilders stated "I've had enough of Islam in the Netherlands: let not one more Muslim immigrate." He is also purported to have "I've had enough of the Quran in the Netherlands: Forbid that fascist book."
The population of the Netherlands.....TIME OUT! A lady just called the Rush Limbaugh show and complained to Rush Limbaugh they were upset with him for calling barrack hussein obama a Jackass. She said it was insulting......................to the jackass and hard working and trusty animal since the beginning of time. LOL. Back to your local program.
in the Netherlands is approximately 16.5M. Approximately 1.6 million Dutch voted for Mr. Wilders. Now if I did my math right that equals about 10% of the population. if you make the assumption every man, woman and child votes. If you make the assumption only 50% of the population votes....well double the 10%.
Where am I going with all this. Here! This country is all ready in the grasp of the politically correct. We have no smoking laws, we have no cussing laws, kids can't ride a bike without a helmet, they can't play physical games on the playground and parents won't allow teachers to discipline their child when they misbehave. We have bullying rules and must us the term "people of color" or be scorned. For those of us who grew up saying yes mame, no sir and c'mon boys let's go! We walk in fear of being called out by a fellow employee. We can't say we are Christian or fear being called a Bible Thumper and trying to force our religion but it's all right for Muslim women to not have to remove their face veils to have a drivers license picture. I grew up in a loving home and calling a female "hon" was comonplace. If I do that at work, watch out, I might offend someone.
With laws being passed and the politically correct crowd squealing louder than a pig caught in a barb wire fence it is only a matter of time before some Conservative is hauled of to court for saying something offensive like
America, like it or leave it!
Please save you penny's as I expect the "thought police" will be picking me up shortly and I will need bail money! Really! read the article it will scare the bejeebies out of you!