Free Speech Depends Upon Which Side of the Aisle You're On

It seems NJ lawmakers are asking booksellers to stop selling Ann Coulter's new book "Godless" because of her caustic remarks about the four widows from 9/11 who have used their loss as a political platform.

I think Ann crossed the line of civility in her personal remarks aimed at the four widows, but to have lawmakers calling for booksellers to take her books off the shelf? Seems their selective memories forgot about the 1st Amendment.

When Ward Churchill called all of the victims of 9/11 "little Eichmanns", most of the furor was coming from the right. I don't recall Hillary calling a press conference or other liberal lawmakers demanding his resignation because of his spewed vitriol. Not to mention his vitriol was funded by the taxpayer . We're still waiting for the final verdict on Ward's speech. As a private citizen, Ann is at the mercy of the consumer. You don't like what she says, don't buy her book.

If you're on the left it's called free speech:

"The committee was created last year, after Churchill’s comments shortly after 9/11, in which he compared victims in the World Trade Center to “little Eichmanns,” set off a nationwide furor. A Colorado panel concluded last year that however offensive those remarks may have been, they were protected speech."

If you're on the right, it needs to be censored:

Assemblywomen Joan M. Quigley, D-Hudson, and Linda Stender, D-Union, on Thursday called on New Jerseyans to stop buying the book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," and for retailers in the state to stop selling it.
Posted by Mutti at June 8, 2006 12:40 PM | TrackBack