The power of the First Amendment
The recent controversy over religious-themed cheerleaders’ banners at a Texas high school points out the power of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Americans have occasional debates over freedom of speech and religion and the press … all guaranteed by the First Amendment.
What would have happened at that Texas football game, if the cheerleaders had displayed a banner with a passage from the Koran? I would like to believe the issue would have been resolved with the same calm reserve we saw in the actual incident. Some folks would have been highly irritated, in my hypothetical example.
A display of a Christian-themed banner in many nations could result in immediate violence. Chances seem good that someone might be beaten, jailed, or even murdered in some countries.
That’s why I love the First Amendment; it is nearly unique in government on this planet.
We may not agree with the other guy’s speech or religious views, but the First Amendment protects his right to think and say what he believes … with certain rare exceptions.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”