Is The First Amendment On Life Support?

If you need examples of how America is moving in the direction of our neighbors to the North and across the Pond regarding curtailing free speech and religious expression, look no further than the three below:

Obama’s administration is moving to “restrict criticism of stimulus projects” because, you know, the stimulus is so important and critical that it trumps your 1st amendment right to free speech.

And then there’s the hopsital worker in Mansfield, Texas. She has a daughter in Iraq and decided to display an American flag in her office on Memorial Day. But the flag “offended” one of her co-workers and the hospital made her take the flag down. It looks like the hospital has now apologized and let her put it back up, but the fact that they would have made her take it down in the first place is just ludicrous.

And finally, there’s this couple in San Diego who are being threatened with fines if they don’t shut down the weekly Bible study that they hold at their home every week for about 15 people.

I think this quote from Reagan sum up my thoughts best –

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.

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2 thoughts on “Is The First Amendment On Life Support?

  1. “don’t shut down the weekly Bible study that they hold at their home every week for about 15 people.”

    The issue isn’t that it’s a Bible study. It’s that the cars for all the people attending cause traffic and parking issues on the street, and the neighbors complained.

    At least that’s what I remember reading.

  2. Thanks for the comment morsec0de. From what I’ve read you’re correct in the sense that the original complaint came from a neighbor about too many cars. But then my question is, are San Diego officials threatening similar fines for people who have weekly poker games? Reading groups or other meetings? The other issue, as I understand it, is that they’re trying to impose zoning regulations on the couple. Essentially saying that if you have a Bible study in your house, that that automatically makes you a church and that you then have to comply with all of the zoning ordinances that apply. It’s possible that this has nothing to do with the fact that these people are having religious meetings. But I think that it’s probable that it does.

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