The Freedom of Speech- Let The Sun Shine In

The freedom of speech is an incredible protection. It allows us to know the hearts and minds of people and may save us from truly unholy alliances.

Robert Frost wrote these powerful words, “Before I’d build a wall, I’d know what I was walling in and what I was walling out.”

Before I’d follow any  group or individual, I would certainly know where they were going to take me. It is astonishing that any thinking person would listen more than once to or pay attention to many of the Right Wing crazies crowding the airwaves.

The other side of the coin is the evil that can be and is often perpetuated by the professional communicator. Just as Joseph Goebbels served Hitler as his head propagandist, modern day professionals of the Big Lie, sew an equally kind of evil. Goebbels said,“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”  Sounds so much like the Right here in the US.

That so-called “Christians” like Pat Robertson attack hate crimes legislation by comparing homosexuals to men who might want to “have sex with ducks”, and I am not making that up, is utterly contemptuous. He targets the know-nothings, Skinheads and morons such as Scott P. Roeder, of Merriam, Kansas, and helps nudge them into acts such as murder during a church service.

There is no hiding behind some kind of my God is better than your God argument. I will always defend free speech but there is no acceptable free speech excuse here. These demagogues must at least have the personal integrity to admit that they walk in the footsteps of Goebbels and enflame hatreds and actions. Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, singled out Dr. George Tiller as an abortionist 29 times on his show prior to Tiller’s murder while in church and claimed that Dr. Tiller was guilty of “Nazi stuff,” a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, and said that Tiller “has blood on his hands.” Then O’Reilly denied any responsibility for Scott Roeder’s actions, thereby denying any legitimacy for television or his own skills. Roeder gunned down Tiller while Tiller was serving as an usher in Sunday morning services. That is such a cowardly sack of crap. Come on O’Reilly, you plan on firing up the masses, you are paid to do so; so why hide when some nut case kills a man in church?

From The Reverend Pat Robertson: “You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists, and this and that and the other thing. Nonsense! I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.” “Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”[i]

From Rush Limbaugh:“…Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”[i]

The Reverend Jerry Falwell…

“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America.”[i]

There are more: I have an entire chapter dedicated to these Merchants of Hate in my new book, due out next week. I’ll let you know.




[i] See http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200508160001.


[i] What Quote » Celebrity Quotes » Quotes by Pat Robertson »http://www.whatquote.com/quotes/Pat-Robertson/31211-Feminism-encourages-.htm.


[i] See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149408/quotes.


[i] See http://thinkexist.com/quotes/joseph_goebbels/.

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