Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The 1st Amendment already under attack

I thought we'd have to wait for President-Elect Obama to take office for freedom of speech to be assaulted using the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." Evidently some people are a bit more eager to start the censorship. Evidently, the Durham Police department doesn't permit freedom of speech.

"Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. said, 'It wasn't a racial slur, but we're still investigating it.'" While you might argue that police officers must be held to a higher standard on duty, the comments being investigated appeared on officers' MySpace pages. If it's not a racial slur, and it's not a threat against our President-Elect, it may be in poor taste, but it's protected speech.

What have I learned? The Charlotte Observer needs a spell checker (they may correct the headline "investigage" by the time you see the article), and even if Mr. Obama disagrees with censorship of criticism, this worshippers supporters may be more zealous in their protection of their new leader.

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