Thursday, October 21, 2010

The First Amendment and NPR


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.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Juan Williams says when he flies and sees someone wearing Muslim garb, it makes him nervous. He said this on a Fox News program. Juan Williams worked for NPR as well. The federally subsidized NPR decides to violate the First Amendment and fires Mr Williams.

If the NPR CEO was offended, fine. But since Juan was on Fox and the program wasn't sponsored by NPR, I fail to see how they have the grounds to terminate him. The show isn't even rebroadcast on NPR and if NPR had listened to the entire statement, Juan was actually lamenting stereotyping.

NPR speaks out for First Amendment rights when it's convenient for them. NPR has engaged in Tea Party bashing and criticizing it. NPR, along with the US Attorneys Office only goes after violations it sees against liberal bloggers and protests. Conservative political movements and bloggers have been discriminated against for years and we need to exercise the last part of the First Amendment and petition the government for redress of grievances. We have sat idly by for far too long and allowed this administration to violate the First against us and prosecuted maliciously cases against us.

Fair application of the law does not exist.


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