Friday, May 08, 2015
Thought of the Day
Glenn Reynolds regarding the sound 1st Amendment analysis of Eugene Vollokh
"If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a "fear society" has finally won their freedom." (Sharansky, The Case for Democracy. 2004.)
Lively political discussion and debate used to be the life blood of our republic; now some tell the people whom they disagree with to sit down and shut up? Because it's "mean," and some may have their feelings hurt?
In fact, she returns their weakly-founded assertions that her event was "provocative," with strong accusations that remaining silent out of fear is equivalent to abject surrender to the violent element of Islam.
BTW: check this out.