Congress 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 of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Free speech in the United States is in danger. It is under attack by extremists who want only their views to be heard.
The recent examples are numerous. One attack on Pamela Geller took place this past week with Jews turning on Jews. She has been vilified by the far left.
The far left zealots have labeled Pamela Geller’s speech as hate speech to silence her because her views are not acceptable to them.
The men’s club of a Great Neck synagogue invited Pamela Geller to speak. She is a staunch anti-Sharia law advocate.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a communist-style front group, has classified her groups as hate groups. The groups she founded, the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, fight for freedom from Islamic extremism. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies mainstream Catholics, Evangelicals and Jehovah Witnesses as terrorists so who are the extremists?
The leftwing appeasers launched a vicious verbal assault on the synagogue for inviting her to speak. The attacks were so relentless and so vicious that the members of the temple felt compelled to withdraw their invitation.
Rabbi Jerome Davidson of Temple Beth-el in Great Neck planned a march on their temple with Muslims from the Westbury Mosque to protest Geller speaking. Davidson wrote an article with Rabbi Michael White of Roslyn which described Pamela Geller’s views as hate speech.
Pamela Geller, who is not a hater, but rather a freedom fighter, responded with her characteristic kindness. She said she understood but she was saddened.
Thanks to the brave Jews at the Great Neck Chabad, at 400 East Shore Road in Great Neck, Pamela Geller will get to give her speech at 10 am this Sunday. Rabbi Geisinksky deserves the praise for this act of courage.
No matter what anyone thinks of Pamela Geller and her views, she has the right to speak. This is a free country. If ever a case could be made against Sharia law, the case was made by the very people attacking Pamela Geller for her opposition to Sharia law.
The Jews who opposed her speech are liberals first and Jews last. In fact, they are hardly Americans. Americans fight for free speech, not against it.
Another attack on free speech took place at George Washington University. Two gay seniors said they felt alienated by the Catholic chaplain who rejects homosexuality. The Catholic religion does not accept homosexual relationships.
The chaplain at George Washington U, Father Greg Shaffer, has anti-gay and anti-abortion beliefs. He has urged gay students to live a life of celibacy and he has said homosexual relationships are immoral.
The seniors are now on a mission to rid the university of the Catholic chaplain.
Fr. Shaffer only represents the church and the Newman Center, not the university. He is entitled to his beliefs and his free speech, no matter what anyone thinks of his views. These gay seniors want to eliminate his speech rights.
People who believe the Catholic church will be allowed to continue exercising their religious rights in the future are deceiving themselves.
You cannot take away free speech in accordance with personal beliefs without eventually losing your own rights. Free speech must follow the rule of law, not personal opinion.
Just recently, Karl Rove was shouted down while trying to speak at a university. Some might say well, who cares, it’s Karl Rove. You should care because next time it will be you.
How many times has Ann Coulter been shouted down or banned?
Dr. Ben Carson, a much-admired and brilliant man, was forced to drop out as the graduation speaker at Johns Hopkins because he dared say that marriage is between a man and a woman but didn’t phrase it in a PC manner as prescribed by the far left.
Rick Santorum, a presidential candidate and an honorable man, had a high school speech canceled and then reinstated under pressure. Parents actually have to give written consent for their child to attend his lecture. Why? Because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
Atheists at the Freedom from Religion Foundation are demanding that God and Christ not be mentioned in any public place in the United States despite the fact that this is an important part of our history.
Every Conservative is labeled a racist by the left extremists in order to shut them down. Black Conservatives are ridiculed and verbally assailed for not falling in line.
The same people demanding PC speech and who violate the rights of political and religious opponents are the same people who ignore the crimes of alleged baby killers like Kermit Gosnell.
One day the gays who fight against Father Shaffer’s free speech rights might find themselves victims. The Rabbis who oppose the free speech rights of Pamela Geller might one day become the victims of Sharia law. Those who oppose “some free speech” might eventually find there is no free speech at all.
It is time, not to worry, but to stand up for our freedoms. While our military fights for us around the world, we had better fight for ourselves in this country.