Activist speech in all forms is protected. Pro-Israeli activism may be as freely expressed as others do for Palestine. Constitutional law prohibits inhibiting either. Censorship in any form is abhorrent and illegal. Harsh criticism often is most important.
Voltaire defended it. " I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," he said.
In Texas v. Johnson (a 1989 flag burning case), Justice William Brennan wrote the majority opinion, saying:
"(I)f there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable."
Former US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said:
"Above all else, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression (regardless of its) ideas."subject matter (or) content".Our people are guaranteed the right to express any thought, free from government censorship."
Freedom activists nationwide express similar sentiments. Free expression in all forms exceeds all other rights in importance.
The ACLU urged prompt Department of Education action. It said government scrutiny of student activism could compromise it.
It remains to be seen what follows. Police state repression targets fundamental freedoms. First Amendment rights may be compromised.
America stands a hair's breath from full-blown tyranny. On arrival it'll be wrapped in an American flag.
Doing so won't mitigate its harshness. In today's climate of permanent war, state-sponsored fear, and erosion of fundamental rights, expect recrimination against non-believers to follow.
Freedom in America hangs by a thread. Compromised First Amendment rights assures losing all others.
It may be nearer than most expect. The possibility should arouse mass activism to defend what's too important to lose.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .