Charles Hayes: We still aspire to an ethos of self-reliance and rugged individualism espoused by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson at a time when we were poorer in purse but much more independent.
John Peeler: These days one may say almost anything, and spend any amount to disseminate what one says. Those who are injured by such speech have only the remedy of their own freedom of speech.
Michael T. Hertz: It doesn’t help matters when the government bans a Muslim comedian like Dieudonne from making anti-Semitic jokes but does nothing about Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Muslim satire.
Daryl Cagle: Today we are are grieving, but as we move forward, I hope that our cartoons won’t be chilled by these murders and that the cartooning community will step up to this challenge with even more brilliant and insightful work
Your hosts Dick and Sharon will be talking about our freedom to speak. Just how free are we? Joining us will be Teka-Lark Fleming, publisher of the Morningside Chronicle and host of The Blk Grrrl Show!
Steven Mikulan: McCutcheon, like Citizens United and virtually every other right-wing attempt to return the United States to its Gilded Age of conspicuous inequality, stakes its claim on the First Amendment — it’s all about free speech.
Julie Driscoll: I’m not a perfect parent, by far – but I didn’t raise wimps, and I certainly didn’t raise kids who would stand by in silence while a young woman was being brutalized.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Activists have for decades argued the relationship between hate speech and violence. Cleaning up language is just one more needed act furthering LGBTQ justice. And Mexico is leading the way.
Steve Hochstadt: Liberals in the Democratic Party argue that Biblical support for discrimination against gays or for the teaching of a creationist version of human origins should be irrelevant to government policy.
Robert Fuller: Fundamentalism of the imperious sort comes in a variety of disguises: moral righteousness, technological arrogance, intellectual condescension, and artistic snobbery, to name a few.
Lucia Brawley: We artsy-fartsy, tree-hugging, science-loving, kumbaya lefties and centrist rationalists need to start having a few strategy coordination meetings of our own.
Jerry Drucker: The 14 GOP Governors, in lockstep and committing fraud, shouting they want to prevent fraud of maybe a few hundred fraudulent voters across the nation, by eliminating 5 million, poor, young, elderly, minority voters, requiring a poll tax, to have ID’s, Birth Certificate or driver’s license.
Carl Cohen: But the freedom to speak on matters of public concern is not divisible by topic or party. We will protect that freedom for everyone, including nasty and disgusting folks, or we will lose it.