The Supreme Court will hear the Bladensburg Cross case after the 4th Circuit ruled that public expenditures used to maintain the monument violated the 1st Amendment prohibition against the establishment of religion by the Government. It is always a touchy subject, and the debates are always passionate. From Bladensburg to Texas to San Diego, the debate rages as to what exactly constitutes “establishment” and whether or not the long history of various monuments has any sway in the question of the monument’s status.
Like most things, it’s not as simple as it seems. Nor is the hyperbole – on both sides – helping to sort through the real issues.
Like most things, let’s take a step back and actually THINK rather than simply reacting to news stories from the Echo Chamber.
I was actually going to come back and do a show about this on Thursday, but a very great friend reminded me that (a) I am on vacation and (b) Ben is growing up really, really fast. So I decided to dictate some notes about it and I will leave with those being posted. Read the rest of this entry
The 1st Amendment prevents the Government – at any level – from stifling Free Speech. You’re not going to find a group of people more passionate about free speech than broadcasters, be they Super Star Mega Syndicated hosts or your local podcaster with tens of downloads. There is always a fear that if we let our guard down that some Government agent somewhere will try to silence our voices.
But what about when private companies do it? Read the rest of this entry