In the early colonial days in America, the British tyranny restricted what the colonists could and could not say verbally or in print. They were not allowed to say or write anything against the British crown or any of the British politicians and troops occupying colonial America.
The suppression of free speech and press under British rule was the impetus behind James Madison penning the First Amendment, along with rest of the Bill of Rights.
The First Amendment reads:
“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.”
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The constitutional right of free speech was one of the principles in America for many years, until liberals, progressives and socialists began to assume the role of the British tyranny for the suppression of free speech.
Today, if one speaks out or writes against any minority, it’s considered hate language and one could get arrested. If one speaks or writes against any religion, except Christianity and Judaism, it’s considered hate language. If one speaks or writes anything against any of the LGBT issues, sodomy, adultery, fornication and similar perversions, it’s considered hate language. If one teaches what the Bible says on many of these topics, it’s considered hate language.
However, the same liberals, progressives and socialists (Democrats) stand behind the First American right of free speech to justify their condemning and bashing of heterosexuality, abstinence, traditional family standards and values. They also stand behind the First Amendment to blaspheme against God, Jesus, the Bible and Judaism.
This brings me to a piece of legislation and one of the newest members of Congress.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has co-sponsored a pro-Israel bill with Sen. Marco Rubio, that would punish any company, business or corporation that joins in what is referred to as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement. This movement is spreading across the globe and is designed to keep as many companies, businesses and corporations from doing any business with Israel or investing in any Israeli-owned enterprise. It also calls for companies to divest any investments they currently have that are linked to Israel.
One of the newest members of Congress, Rep. Rashid Tlaib (D-MI) has blasted Manchin and Rubio for the bill. She tweeted:
“They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”
First, I have to note that Tlaib is a Muslim with Palestinian ethnicity. One of the common sayings among Palestinians is ‘from here to the sea’ which is a direct reference to the total removal of Israel from the face of the earth.
Second and more importantly, if Tlaib wants to use the US Constitution as a defense for her opposition of the pro-Israel bill, then she is the one who needs a lesson on what the Constitution does say, especially the First Amendment. She needs to be asked if she and fellow Democrats support and push for hate language laws and restrictions that we are seeing invade America. If Tlaib is to be consistent with her argument, then anyone should be legally allowed to say what they want about LGBT, Islam and more. There shouldn’t be any such thing as hate language, except that which promoted the overthrow of the government or a call to violence, such as that of Rep. Maxine Waters and other Democrats. We should able to preach the Bible without fear of being sued or locked up.
Democrats like Tlaib have a bad habit of being completely contradictory between what they say and what they do and this is a classic example.
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