Thursday, July 26, 2007

Freedom of Expression

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.

You can express what you want. However, you can't express it in spray paint on the side of a public building. No newspaper is obliged to print it.

Removing comments from a blog, deleting a post from a message board, even banning a member from a forum isn't an infringement on freedom of expression anymore than a publisher rejecting a manuscript, or a store owner removing graffiti from the side of their building. You still have the legal right to go express yourself somewhere else.


Joe Belanger said...

Brava! Like graffiti, that ass, EO was just doing a bit of ass-waggling for his abacas-toting, mathlete euro-buds.

Making snarky comments on the opposition's blog is far easier than sustaining a lively commentary. I think we've seen the limit EO's capabilities.

ubarose said...

Thank you Joe.

I don't even think that he was an AT hater. It seemed as if he just wanted play with Michael. A little witty back and forth is amusing, but EO stepped over the line into the creepy realms.

We need to start "The Arena" as an adjunct blog for all these pugnacious people that F:AT seems to attract.

Joe Belanger said...

Ah, you said "pugnacious"... (swoons).