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Booray for Censorship

By on 4.24.08 | 12:12PM

"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 Constitution of the United States of America

"It's time for all decent Americans to proudly demand censorship of the public television airwaves. Yes, I said 'censorship.' Demand it. Insist that Congress pass laws providing for it. Fight to sustain those laws in every court in the land. Censor the television networks, and censor them hard. And yes, this means going so far as to test Supreme Court precedent on 'prior restraint'" -- Quin Hillyer in today's column

Look, I understand the argument that political and other forms of expression are different and were treated differently by the Constitution. (It's overdone. Plays, for instance, were considered far more than mere entertainments because they often contained political expression.) But in a time where conservatives are fighting even to maintain that right of political expression, it does not help to issue fresh calls for censorship for those other forms of expression.

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