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Anti-Terrorism, Free Speech and California State University

8. March 2008 18:33 by sam in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (2)

Anti-Terrorism, Free Speech and California State University.  What do all these things have in common?  Free speech was restricted at California State up until people took a stand and said NO!  417,000 Students no longer face disciplinary action because they spoke out against California State universities free speech rules.  An article posted yesterday described the situation. Students at a anti-terrorism rally Stomped on flags that prescribed Allah on them.  This of course is an anti Hezbollah and Hamas Campaign.  The students who were disciplined filed suit and they finally won the suit.  The school was required to pay $100.00 to each student of the campaign and legal fees.  I for one am glad to see this. But what's the limit and how far will people be allowed to go with first amendment rights?  I question this because of all the new problems in London these days.  People are protesting for Islam.   Why? Well certain cartoons could have started it.  Who knows where it will end.

This reminds me of all the protests in downtown London.  The protests of anti UK have struck a spark deep in me. The current protests that go on there are very real and very scary.  I wonder if people could really call this free speech?  Is this the First Amendment? I am going to have to say that it is.  It is very much the first amendment. This same act is what protected the students in California.  Will Americans sit idly by and allow this to happen?  Will Americans start Protest rallies towards Islam rallies?  Could there be riots like the 1964 Race Riots when Muslims stood up against the police?  I would only hope not.

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I for one believe in free speech down to my bones. I would imagine these people in the pictures do to.  But I believe that if these kinds of people had their way, free speech could be abolished.  Liberties as we know it could be abolished.  We would be without our freedoms.  That is frightening.  I for one will not allow my self to live like that.  I hope that everyone reading this blog recognizes that this is going to happen more often down the road.  I ask, what will you do about it? Will you sit idly by and just read what I say, will you do what the California kids did, will it cause hatred in you, or will you look at this from a peaceful stance and say "they are just exercising their freedom of speech rights"?

I am going to have to sit on this topic and think about it.  Do I hate or do I love?  People that want these kinds of atrocities to happen in the world do not deserve my vote. I will never support someone that says Exterminate another race.  I will support the California kids though, not for their hatred of Islam, but for their fight for freedom of speech.

Both Free Speech rallies can cause hatred, both can cause riots, both can cause extremists.  But both are protected by Freedom of Speech. 

Voltaire once said "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

I for one believe Voltaire.