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[cap­tion id=“attachment_86894” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”]The_Death_of_Socrates The Death of Socrates (1797) by Jacques-​Louis David. Socrates was “invited” to kill himself.[/caption]

by baldilocks

At Amer­i­can Thinker, First Amend­ment activists Matt Pat­ter­son and Lind­sey DePasse point to known his­tory, show how to ana­lyze it and how to draw con­clu­sions from it.

The Greek city-​state of Athens had no con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions for peo­ple who advo­cated notions rad­i­cally at odds with pre­vail­ing wisdom.

The result: Socrates was put to death for “cor­rupt­ing” the youth.

Four hun­dred years later, the Roman province of Judea con­tained no con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions for wild-​eyed preach­ers who advo­cated rad­i­cal alter­na­tives to estab­lished polit­i­cal and reli­gious orthodoxies.

The result: Jesus was cru­ci­fied for claim­ing to be “King of the Jews.”

Six­teen hun­dred years later in Italy, there were no con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions for thinkers who dis­cerned pro­found restruc­tur­ing of meta­phys­i­cal realities.

The result: Galileo Galilei was tried and sen­tenced to house arrest by the Catholic Inqui­si­tion for advo­cat­ing views con­trary to Church doctrine.

Four hun­dred years later, the United States of Amer­ica did pro­vide con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions of speech and assem­bly, allow­ing Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. to lead a move­ment that changed laws and expanded lib­erty for millions.

Socrates, Jesus and Galileo lacked gov­ern­men­tal pro­tec­tion to say crazy things. As a result, they were put to death or impris­oned by the gov­ern­ment for say­ing crazy things.

True, Dr. King also met with an untimely end, slain by a fel­low cit­i­zen who denied him his con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected free­doms. But the oth­ers were killed or impris­oned by the gov­ern­ment because they had no con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected freedoms.

That is all the dif­fer­ence in the world. And it is a dif­fer­ence that Dr. King died for.

Of course, no ancient his­tory is taught in most pub­lic schools, much less the sim­ple compare/​contrast analy­sis dis­played above. As a result,

A 2015 Pew Research sur­vey found, “Four-​in-​ten Mil­len­ni­als say the gov­ern­ment should be able to pre­vent peo­ple pub­licly mak­ing state­ments that are offen­sive to minor­ity groups.”

Let that sink in for a moment: 40 per­cent of Mil­len­ni­als favor explicit, uncon­sti­tu­tional cen­sor­ship of “offen­sive” speech. The same Pew sur­vey found that 35 per­cent of all Democ­rats and 33 per­cent of all women “say the gov­ern­ment should be able to cur­tail speech that is offen­sive to minorities.”

When the gov­ern­ment comes after the First Amend­ment, look for it to come for the rest. Some argue con­vinc­ingly that it’s too late. We’ll see.

Related: Con­di­tion: Unknown, Unknowns

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left side­bar image), was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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The Death of Socrates (1797) by Jacques-Louis David. Socrates was “invited” to kill himself.

by baldilocks

At American Thinker, First Amendment activists Matt Patterson and Lindsey DePasse point to known history, show how to analyze it and how to draw conclusions from it.

The Greek city-state of Athens had no constitutional protections for people who advocated notions radically at odds with prevailing wisdom.

The result: Socrates was put to death for “corrupting” the youth.

Four hundred years later, the Roman province of Judea contained no constitutional protections for wild-eyed preachers who advocated radical alternatives to established political and religious orthodoxies.

The result: Jesus was crucified for claiming to be “King of the Jews.”

Sixteen hundred years later in Italy, there were no constitutional protections for thinkers who discerned profound restructuring of metaphysical realities.

The result: Galileo Galilei was tried and sentenced to house arrest by the Catholic Inquisition for advocating views contrary to Church doctrine.

Four hundred years later, the United States of America did provide constitutional protections of speech and assembly, allowing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead a movement that changed laws and expanded liberty for millions.

Socrates, Jesus and Galileo lacked governmental protection to say crazy things. As a result, they were put to death or imprisoned by the government for saying crazy things.

True, Dr. King also met with an untimely end, slain by a fellow citizen who denied him his constitutionally protected freedoms. But the others were killed or imprisoned by the government because they had no constitutionally protected freedoms.

That is all the difference in the world. And it is a difference that Dr. King died for.

Of course, no ancient history is taught in most public schools, much less the simple compare/contrast analysis displayed above. As a result,

A 2015 Pew Research survey found, “Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups.”

Let that sink in for a moment: 40 percent of Millennials favor explicit, unconstitutional censorship of “offensive” speech. The same Pew survey found that 35 percent of all Democrats and 33 percent of all women “say the government should be able to curtail speech that is offensive to minorities.”

When the government comes after the First Amendment, look for it to come for the rest. Some argue convincingly that it’s too late. We’ll see.

Related: Condition: Unknown, Unknowns

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>>baldilocks