Re: "Freedom of speech sullied and abused" (Kathleen Parker column, 5-11).
The founders of our republic plowed and tilled the basis of our freedom, naming freedom of speech in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Self-righteous commentators like Kathleen Parker have "piddled, twiddled and resolved" to avoid the most difficult aspects of seeding its defense by attacking supposed provocateurs like Pam Geller.
Among the exceptions to freedom of speech, Parker is probably referencing "imminent lawless actions," which refers to U.S. law, not religious dogma or foreign law.
The "Piss Christ" photograph (1987) which spawned at least 68 different images and the elephant dung painting of the Virgin Mary (1997) were deeply offensive to Christians, yet no one threatened or made efforts to kill the artists.
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The Obama administration should offer protection for those threatened with such harm as well as making public announcements that make it clear that such ridiculous assaults on our freedom will not be tolerated.
It is troubling that President Obama and the far left seem more focused on tacit support of lawless mob action in the name of free speech than actively engaging the broader public in aggressive opposition to terrorist activity within the U.S. Parker has apparently chosen to side with the Obama team.