The Truth Shall Set You Free…It might piss you off first, but it will set you free.

First Amendment – with Freedom Comes Responsibility

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 9, 2010

The Price of Freedom

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
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 the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This bears repeating, again and again. Particularly in today’s environment. We are all exercising freedom of speech in cyberspace, be it on a blog or via twitter and every other medium in between. People have shed blood, lost lives defending our Constitution, and that should not be forgotten. If nothing else when you and I exercise our freedom of speech we owe it to each and every person who has sacrificed life and limb for this right to be responsible. I can’t help but wonder all those folks out there sowing seeds of hatred, fanning the flames of division have somebody who is serving in the US Military. If they do, do they ever stop to think that their misguided anti Islamic rhetoric may in fact have a direct impact to our service people? Are we so naive to think that because we don’t read Arabic they don’t read English? (Unlike the US the vast majority of countries speak several languages, English is usually one of them.) Do we not realize that our audience is not limited to the US?
Here’s a scenario you may want to consider – let’s say there is a site using Islam as a pinata for what ails the world. Let’s also say somebody out there who is perverting Islam for their own purpose, sowing hatred and division in the world looks at this site, and says “see, see how they hate us? See how they ridicule us” There is nothing that stirs the emotions more than when somebody’s religion is attacked. I don’t care if you are Christian, Moslem, or Jew, somebody attacks your religion, it is a tribal response. There will always be people out there to capitalize on it, and they are as guilty as the person who attacks the religion. So we have kindling and now we have gasoline.
On patrol somewhere in the world is an American soldier, tasked with protecting your freedom of speech. On his patrol sits an armed insurgent who has read your blog. He has read your hate filled rhetoric, he has seen his religion humiliated, twisted, misunderstood. He has seen the blog art work showing the American flag…and now he sees that American soldier…He has two choices. But one of those choices may have been destroyed by hatred read on the internet. That leaves him one choice – he lights the match. You have already provided him with the kindling and gasoline.
Think about that the next time you choose to publish half truths, misinformation, disinformation, hate filled distortions. The next American soldier that dies for us in some far away land, his death may have been hastened because of our ignorance and need to instill fear. I don’t care whether you like or dislike Islam, or me or your neighbor. I don’t care if you are Christian, Jew, Wiccan, or atheist. But I do care when you deliberately provoke and twist the facts and put my family in danger.


2 Responses to “First Amendment – with Freedom Comes Responsibility”

  1. kafirjon said

    Why didn’t you put my site in the article? Here is my link to Qur’anic passages about jihad.

    • You know what, this is the first time I have ever edited a comment. Your disrespect for our men and women serving for your right to shout your ignorance all over cyberspace has gone too far. You are blocked until you grow up and learn to engage with people in the real world. When you decide to be a man you let me know, because it violates my personal ethics to humiliate children.

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