Once again…

July 10th, 2009

…the First Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, cialis buy pills or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, tadalafil pilule or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As soon as we let the courts begin carving out exceptions, stuff like this became inevitable.

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  • 1. Chris from Racine  |  July 10th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    That is just plain scary.

  • 2. David Casper  |  July 10th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    If I’ve taught my daughter nothing else (and I haven’t), it’s to stay clear of the Swiss whenever possible.

    Damn noncommital bastards.

    But on a more serious note, this is a pretty scary thing. Free speech is free, no matter how ugly it might be.

  • 3. grumps  |  July 10th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Agreed. Free speech is free and the father is free to say whatever foolish crap he wishes.

    He cannot, however, assault his children with words. If he were to poison his children with nicotine or alcohol or marijuana he would be put in jail. As it is he’s having his visitation agreement amended not his right to free speech.

  • 4. David Casper  |  July 10th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Violating an individual’s right to free speech doesn’t just mean a person simply can’t express something, it also means there are punishments involved if he or she does. Having his visitation agreement amended is merely the means by which they’re exacting the punishment.

    And no matter how odious his comments may be (and trust me, I do consider them odious), from what little I could get from the link it doesn’t appear they were directed at his child, so how exactly is it a form of assault on his child?

    What I found particularly interesting, though, was one commenter who asked how this would have been handled were the parents not divorced. Since visitation rights would be a non-issue, how would the father be punished? Could he be? Are married parents allowed a higher level of free speech than those that are divorced?

  • 5. Elliot  |  July 10th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “Are married parents allowed a higher level of free speech than those that are divorced?”

    Yes.

    Anyone who has ever gotten divorced is probably aware of the staggering power a divorce gives to the State to intrude into your life.

  • 6. David Casper  |  July 10th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Now that you say that, Elliot, I realize my question was mostly rhetorical.

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