Si­lenc­ing the speech is the les­son

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Can some­one tell me what jus­ti­fies the deaths of our sol­diers who are fight­ing and dy­ing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are they re­ally dy­ing for our free­dom and lib­erty? Have any of these na­tions ever posed an im­mi­nent threat to our free­dom and lib­erty? Well, at least now they don’t. Whether they did be­fore re­mains a ques­tion.

I be­lieve the great­est threat to Amer­ica’s free­dom and lib­erty is hap­pen­ing right here in our own coun­try and iron­i­cally it’s com­ing from those who claim that they rep­re­sent free­dom and lib­erty like the ACLU, other­wise known as the An­tiChris­tian Lawyers Union.

For in­stance the right of a vale­dic­to­rian to give a speech and freely say what’s on his mind has once again been de­nied by a mis­guided judge in­flu­enced by the ACLU. Thank­fully, this wrong­headed de­ci­sion was over­turned by a more ra­tio­nal judge but I’m shocked that these kind of as­saults on our free­dom of speech still con­tinue in spite of the fact that the Con­sti­tu­tion specif­i­cally pro­tects our right to free­dom of speech and free­dom of re­li­gion.

Why do schools in­sist they have a right to see the speeches just so they can cen­sor them be­fore they are to be given? Don’t they trust their own abil­ity to prop­erly ed­u­cate and train their stu­dents to live in a free so­ci­ety? Why do they even bother let­ting stu­dents write their own speeches any­way, if they don’t trust them? Af­ter all, they al­ways choose their best stu­dents for the honor and I al­ways thought that one of the most im­por­tant ideas about get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion was that stu­dents will be taught about this amaz­ing con­cept that we have called free­dom of re­li­gion and free­dom of speech.

Here is what I think the real prob­lem is. In­stead of teach­ing stu­dents how to think the schools are ac­tu­ally try­ing to teach them what to think. Specif­i­cally, they are try­ing to teach their stu­dents to be ir­re­li­gious. In that case I can un­der­stand why they would want to con­trol what the stu­dents have to say. But that’s to­tally wrong. That’s not ed­u­ca­tion, it’s mind con­trol and that is un­con­sti­tu­tional. Richard Carl­son San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia

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