Monday, January 16, 2017

Free Speech Should Not be a License to Abandon Our Humanity

For the past couple of weeks, there has been a battle brewing around the Capitol, and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. This time.
No, the battle has drawn a dividing line between free speech versus what is decent, humane, and noble.
Several weeks ago, a story surfaced regarding a student painting that was hung in the Capitol complex, in Washington, D.C. The painting depicted police officers as pigs, holding their guns on protesters.
When Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca.) took it upon himself to remove the offensive painting and have it returned to the office of the congressman who was responsible for it being there, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), the battle was on.
Rep. Clay and the Congressional Black Caucus, with great fanfare, rehung the painting, defiantly calling it a “free speech” issue.
But that still wasn’t the end of it. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Brian Babin (R-Texas) removed it together shortly afterward, forcing Clay to return it for a third time in one day.
Since then, someone – the identity unknown by Clay’s office – has taped above the painting an image of the American flag with a highlighted blue stripe, a symbol of support for law enforcement.
Read the rest from Susan Wright HERE.

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