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Monday, August 22, 2005

Camp Casey, Gold Star Families, and Utah TV

I knew it had to come at some time, the anti-war folks are screaming the
First Amendment is under attack. A Utah TV station is refusing to air an
anti-war commercial featuring Cindy Sheehan. The decision is of course
being decried as an abridgment of the Gold Star Mothers First Amendment
Rights to free speech. The VP of Sales of another TV station that will
air the ad made that statement. Now, as a VP I'd think he probably has a college degree, and possibly had to take a US history course in his studies. Maybe he needs to go back, and reread the 1st Amendment..
In fact, I'm in such a good mood, I'll post it here:

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.

In other words, a TV station not carrying an ad has nothing to do with
the US Constitution, it is in fact, and exercise of their own free
speech, they freely said no. Now, had Congress passed a law saying that
no station shall air an ad that denounces the war, that would be an issue.

So, Celeste Zappala and Cindy Sheehan (founders of the Gold Star
Families for Peace), like Tim Robbins before them need to find a new
argument when an independent business decides to tell them "no".

1Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to find a dictionary quickly. It's "INDEPENDENT" dummy.

And by the way, Jeanine Pirro still wants to know if you have Page 10.

1:38 AM  

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