I think you would agree with me that businesses have the right to hire and fire as they see fit.
Fox News, per usual, has manufactured a controversy here, and that’s all there is to it.
But since you mentioned you believe Juan Williams’ had the “right to express a thought,” I’d like to at least say that I am a strong proponent of free speech, too.
For example, I don’t dispute that Personhood Colorado, the anti-choice group behind Colorado’s Amendment 62, had the free speech right to create a political ad that demonized President Obama as the “Angel of Death.” That was the name given to the Nazi doctor who performed medical experiments and tortured men, women and children in concentration camps during the Holocaust – hardly an accurate comparison.
The ad was used as propaganda in support of an amendment to Colorado’s constitution that would define a “person” as “every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”
Obviously, I don’t agree with Personhood Colorado, this amendment or their ad campaign.
The amendment would ban all abortions, even in the case of rape and
incest or to save a mother’s life, ban stem cell research and ban all
forms of birth control other than “barrier methods.”
The measure also implicates religious liberty by using one particular
religion’s doctrine to constitutionally define when life begins. In
banning all abortions, the measure also directly conflicts with some
religious teachings, and could severely harm the ability of some
Coloradans to make this decision in keeping with their own faith
tradition or follow the dictates of their own conscience.
But fortunately, I can exercise my own free speech rights and stand up
against this amendment and Personhood Colorado’s despicable ad. That’s
what I did Oct. 20 when I appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.” My free
speech rights allowed me to say this ad was reprehensible and a
disgrace by any moral standards for comparing the president of the
United States to a Nazi war criminal.
You can check out the ad and my interview here.
Jay, I’d like to know what you think. Would you have the audacity to
compare our president to the “Angel of Death” just because he supports
a woman’s right to choose? Isn’t this taking it a bit too far?