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Thursday, February 19

Freedom of Speech ~ Current Events Wrap Up

Ok, so this is my 2nd Current Events post for today. I simply could not pass this up. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

An Oklahoma man was stopped, had his personal property confiscated, and was told he was now under investigation for having an anti-Obama sign on his van. The offending sign reads, “Abort Obama, not the unborn.” The officer said he thought that meant he was going to kill Obama. What? To abort means to stop something in the process, not assassinate. To end the life of an innocent baby still in the womb, not the life of full-grown, real live, living and breathing man (even liberals typically call that murder – not abortion). The man stopped said he was referring to desiring Obama to be removed from office. Upon investigation, the man who did this has been cleared and is not deemed to be a threat, by the Secret Service.

Seriously, what happened to free speech? Does it only apply to liberals, Democrats and sicko-kiddie-porn peddlers? Has everyone who ever had an anti-Bush bumper sticker been stopped by the police and investigated by the Secret Service? Where is the ACLU, and why aren’t they screaming at the top of their lungs that this man’s freedoms, guaranteed under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, have been violated. Is there a lawsuit against the officer and the police department for this egregious violation?

Ok, I’m done with my rant. For more information on this story, click here. Any thoughts on this?


The Surrendered Scribe said...

I had no idea about this story, I think because I kept reading everything about Facebook and their TOS.

I read graphic, specific bumper stickers on President Bush and those were interpreted as humor.

I totally agree and understand what you are saying but with what the police officer said in his thinking it was a death threat, doesn't that prove to pro choice folks that abortion is death?

Thanks for sharing this, great post, scary times.

Susan Storm Smith said...

I ranted on that one too, but was told the sign was only an anti-Obama sticker. I have to agree with the police on this one. A sign saying Abort Obama instead of Babies does mean kill Obama instead of Babies.

WE believe that abortion is killing a baby, so abortion would mean death. It means stop what is happening. And unfortunately, he might not have thought it wrong, but a KKK or some other fanatic could take it very very differently.

Tracy said...

Julie - I totally agree with you, but us pro-life folks just aren't on the same playing field as pro-abortion folks. And yeah, Bush, Cheyney, and goodness knows Palin were all brutilized and received far worse comments, but that was ok because it was just freedom of speech. Thanks for commenting!

gzusfreek said...

That gets me going. -he got pulled over? investigated? mmmm That seems scary really. Back to the investigating "communists" era. . .
Thanks for the post, Tracy!

Tracy said...

Susan - We differ a bit there, but that's ok. I think it is incredibly poor taste, but not nearly as offensive as some of the things I've seen attacking Bush, Cheyney and Sarah Palin and her family - but that was all defended as 'free speech.' Of course, I pray for the safety of the President because there are some real crazies out there, but the principal shouldn't change just because he's a liberal and a Democrat. Thanks though for commenting, I do enjoy reading other views.

KM - Yeah, it is scary. But I guess this is what happens when the man is seen as The Savior... The double-standard is distressing.