U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wants the government to study and recommend ways to stop the Internet, TV and radio from “encouraging hate crimes,” but First Amendment advocates say the bill is a menace to free speech.
“This proposed legislation is worse than merely silly. It is dangerous,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey A. Silverglate, arguing even hate speech is protected absent a crime. “It is not up to Sen. Markey, nor to the federal government, to define for a free people what speech is, and is not, acceptable.”
Markey’s bill would direct a government agency to identify hate speech and create recommendations. Markey in a statement yesterday said the bill makes “crystal clear that any recommendations must be consistent with the First Amendment’s free speech protections.”
Translation: We have to burn the First Amendment to the ground to save it.
Sorry, kids, but we Americans are pretty attached to this whole "free speech" thing, so I think we'll take a pass on Senator Markey's Ministry of Truth and Tolerance.
I'm with Mr. Silverglate on how the boobs proposing this thuggish idea are both silly and dangerous. They're also pathetic. These Democrats just can't see themselves hanging onto all that lovely power they've amassed, as long as people are free to speak out against them. If they could only give their beloved Big Government a way to designate its enemies as "hate criminals" - which the way Democrats routinely speak about the Tea Party - and shut them up!
Harvard Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz said, “He’s not going to be able to come up with legislation that sufficiently protects the First Amendment. We always have to be able to respond to the racists and bigots, but not at the expense of the First Amendment.”
Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center and the Newseum Institute said, “Anytime government in any form or level looks to study our speech — even something that we might all consider detestable speech — we need to pay attention. The First Amendment really permits everyone in the marketplace to speak.”
Which is precisely the ideal that Senator Markey and the rest of his crew have gotten sick and tired of. They've got a long list of people they don't think should be speaking in any marketplaces, and they're tired of having to defend their positions against "haters."
Anyone who does not like our Constitution the way it is written should consider moving to Cuba.
I was taught in grade school that we all have a civic duty to support our Supreme Law of the Land. I grew up thinking all Americans knew that! Good grief! Toss my naivete` out the window!
A suggestion Christine, lets swap "consider" for a size 12 boot in the posterior.
Hate Crime Law: Mr. Jones shot Mr. Smith in the head six times. But he didn't hate him.
The dems are losing the battle for AMERICA, thank God!
I have been praying for God to help us and forgive them that turned away. I have repented a few times just to make sure. I pray for this country all the time, and for people to turn back to him. Now when I pray, I get a natural high everytime.
The lefty's aren't awake to the problem due to their addiction to authority. Without preaching to the Amen corner I heard this interesting take, once upon a time: The American genius: God-People-King. The European, oppression of socialism: God-King-People.
Group members become Non-existent the moment they become a Liability. Recognizing their liability we, and they, begin to Doubt their allegiance to the group. If their doubt, to be or not to be a member, is not reconciled they will inevitably expand their liability to include Enemy. Enemies create Treason & Confusion. This explains why liberals, with their philosophy of liability, must have their doubts, are now enemies, and why they are in treason. We must bypass our created confusion, reconcile for them, or go into non-existence behind them...Semper Fi Nam 66-67
May be time for us to become a true ass-ass-in-ation-nation. They pay us to take out the foeign enemies, why not domestic? "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS."
NOW STALIN WAS A GUY WHO MURDERED "30,000,000" OF HIS OWN PEOPLE JUST TO GET HIS WAY! OBAMA AND HIS CROOKED COMMIE SUPREME COURTS ARE TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING IN AMERICA!
YES THAT KENYAN BORN ILLEGAL ALIEN MUSLIM/COMMUNIST "MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE" WOULD BE DICTATOR OF COMMUNIST AMERIKA IS A DEFINATE THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY AND CONSTITUTION! HE MUST BE IMPEACHED! HE MUST BE TRIED FOR TREASON! HE MUST BE IMPRISONED FOR HIS KNOWING HEINOUS CRIMES! IF IT WERE LEFT UP TO THE COMMIE CRIMINALLY CONSPIRING DEMOCRAPS AMERI"K"A WOULD HAVE NO CONSTITUTION!