Monday, February 14, 2005

Ignore the man behind the curtain

I think this is an excellent editorial in the Denver Post. While we are concentrating on the rantings of Ward Churchill, and getting ourselves all in a fuss, everyday people find their First Amendment rights under fire.

While the uproar over Ward Churchill may be stealing the media show, Colorado has had several other worrisome free-speech dust-ups. Take the Norwood superintendent of schools' misguided censorship or the foolish cops in Westminster and Denver who harassed motorists with anti-Bush messages on their cars.

Churchill's idiotic rants touch a painful scar in our country. Nevertheless, we're reminded repeatedly of Churchill's right to free speech. Like the words of mindless skinheads, I'll defend his right to say what he wants, no matter how disgusting. But the other incidents reflect a deeper threat to our liberties and are getting far less attention in the press."

Denver Post