Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Gingrich: 1st Amendment helps the terrorists

Via BoingBoing and Slashdot.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, at a dinner honoring proponents of free speech, said that "the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism" (link).

Because, you know, the 1st Amendment is making terrorism a problem, not the country's foreign policies. Even if changing or getting rid of the 1st Amendment happened, you cannot enforce the change on people in other countries. I am aghast that someone would even consider chaning or eliminating the 1st Amendment.


Anonymous said...

Talk about taking a comment out of context... Boing Boing does it again.

Disgruntled Ladye said...

Did you read the article or the Slashdot post? While details are limited, the Republicans are getting to such a point of restricting civil liberties that getting rid of the 1st Amendment or changing it is not beyond belief.

While the original article is vague, the comments Gingrich made is alarming. Yes, my headline is a bit hyperbole, but we cannot continue to let politicians have such control over our freedoms. Ambivalence of the citizens of this country will eventually its demise.

kevin said...