by Chris Haire
Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham let it be known he is not that big of a fan of free speech, especially when it inspires our enemies during a time of war, telling Face the Nation:
“I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, you had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy. Burning a Koran is a terrible thing, but it doesn’t justify killing someone.”
Now, Graham was speaking in the most knee-jerk manner about Koran burner Terry Jones, but South Carolina's senior senator ignores the broad implications of such a policy banning speech.
I mean, what type of speech actually qualifies as speech that has inspires the enemy? Does it only apply to Koran burners? Does it apply to anybody that views the latest WikiLeaks document? Does it apply to anybody that criticizes the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the recent military action in Libya?
Yeah. Lindsey's an ass.
Speaking of folks who don't like free speech and who simply can't seem to understand how the First Amendment works, you can now add the Beaufort County Republican Party to that list.
According to an email sent out by the SCGOP's Karen Floyd, the state Republican Party is currently asking its members to voice their opinions on the various resolutions up for a vote this year among the party's state delegates.
One in from the Beaufort County Republican Party stuck out. Here it is:
Whereas, The 1st Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Whereas, Many radical Muslims advocate, promote, support, tolerate, threaten, and/or practice various forms of violence, brutality, hostility, jihad, and/or terrorism towards others.
Whereas, There are other members of the Islamic faith who fail or refuse to publicly denounce, reject, or otherwise disassociate themselves from any and all perpetrators and supporters of such radical violence, brutality, hostility, jihad or terrorism towards others.
RESOLVED: That steps should be taken by appropriate legislation or constitutional amendment to ensure that the protections of the 1st Amendment shall not be extended to any group, denomination, nationality, faith or other organization claiming religious attributes or affiliation protected by the 1st amendment should it or its members advocate, promote, support, tolerate, threaten, or practice any form of violence, brutality, hostility, jihad, or terrorism towards others; and/or fail or refuse to publicly denounce, reject, or otherwise disassociate themselves from any and all perpetrators and supporters of such violence, brutality, hostility, jihad or terrorism.
Like Graham, the Beaufort County Republican Party clearly hasn't thought this all the way through.
I seriously doubt that they believe that every Scientologist must apologize anytime some poor, ill-informed sap orders Battlefield Earth from Netflix. Or at least that's what I hope.