How blessed we are to be Americans. Our founding fathers had unprecedented astuteness in the way they framed our Constitution. I still believe the 'pie in the sky' philosophy that tells us that these men were men of deep religious conviction and moral integrity. The rights that they took such painstaking effort to protect were intended for the good and the honorable to grow and flourish in American society.
Today, people take those precious ideals, rights, and privileges and they disgrace them and dishonor them. Abhorrent things are done in the name of 'free speech'. Thank GOD for that free speech. It is a priceless gift that must be protected, for someday-if it is not-then surely we Christians could be at the receiving end of persecution for our speech. But the moral fiber that caused men and women to want to speak things that were worthy of that first amendment has so eroded that we are daily bombarded with messages we wish we didn't have to hear. There is freedom of speech, but not much freedom of hearing I'm afraid!
Enter the case of Iranian "president" Ahmadenijad, being asked to speak at a prestigious American university. This man denies that the Holocaust (which took over 6 million lives) ever took place, he has sworn the destruction of Israel (God's chosen people), and he is a sponsor of terror, even to the point of providing the weaponry with which our brave Military is assaulted in Iraq. The university is justifying this request in the name of free speech. My question is this: do the rights of American citizens given to us by our Constitution extend to visiting terrorists? Are we obligated to share those rights of "free speech" with this man? Elie Wiesel says no.
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.— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel
One final note: while perhaps I've made my feelings clear about how shameful this invitation was, I still welcome and encourage any debate or discussion on the topic. Maybe I'm wrong, and free speech does extend to this guy! If so, convince me!!