- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Whose hate speech?

"The old rules the ones we all grew up with say this is a free country where you have the right to express unpopular ideas. And although the Constitution guarantees only freedom from government interference, a belief in freedom of speech is at the core of our national character. Suspending [Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John] Rocker from his livelihood because of stupid comments made to a sports magazine raised the ante …
"If Rocker's comments are hate speech, how would you characterize a Web site that characterizes Rocker and a popular children's character as Nazis? Should we protect hate speech that responds to other hate speech? Or rather than wait for the Webmaster to tire of his own creation should we just shut the whole thing down just to be safe? . .
"Rocker throws a baseball for a living. He doesn't hold public office or spend public funds. He has no administrative responsibilities and his only enforcement duties involve a fastball, high and inside. Like any other American, he exercised his right to say what was on his mind."
Kenneth A. Paulson, writing on "Penalizing Hate Speech is Unsettling Business," in the January/ February Freedom Forum News

Never on Sunday

"American business is now rated as the most productive in the world. There's no mystery about how it's done. Information workers are on the job in some form or fashion all their waking hours. We now see many people who have a paging unit seemingly permanently attached to their bodies. If there is a problem with a 24-hour Web site, the technicians are instantly notified so corrective action can be taken.
"On the other hand, the demands placed upon American workers mean that for some, Sunday looks like any other day. The systems are turned on and doing business 7/24/365 that's seven days a week, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In the borderless, timeless world of bits, when it's Sunday in the United States, it's Monday a business day in Asia. As a result, 60 percent of Silicon Valley workers make their own hours.
"Gone are the quiet Sunday mornings when people would dress up the kids and head for church. Even for Christians, the pace is so fast, that church attendance cannot be guaranteed on a Sunday morning. Notice all the cell phones in the pews. Being wired means your life is not your own."
Walter P. Wilson, in his new book, "The Internet Church"

Socialized parenting

"In order to say no, we must first judge a behavior as wrong. Campus Marxists, however, who came of age in the '60s (when love was free and a drug deal the only acceptable form of capitalism) found these judgments unpleasant… .
"In Hillary Clinton's retrospective book on socialized parenting, 'It Takes a Village,' corrective discipline isn't encouraged at all. In fact, if you have to tell your child no, you've already failed as a parent… .
"According to Hillary, a child's ability to self-check comes naturally, when not undermined by critical, controlling parents: 'If [kids] have supportive and caring adults around them, they pick up the social cues that enable them to develop self-discipline and empathy.' …
"Now, according to liberals demanding we pass out condoms in school, we can't possibly tell our kids not to have sex… . In sex-education speak, telling a teen-ager not to have sex is a failure to respect the teen-ager's 'self-determination.' …
"But times are again a-changin'. Driven by an intense hatred for big tobacco, liberals are suddenly embracing the N-word. When it comes to teen cigarette smoking, the Left is now encouraging parents to 'Just Say No'; teen-age self-determination be damned!"
Stephanie Herman, writing on "The Left Utters the N-Word," in American Partisan on line at www.americanpartisan.com

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