Dumb Ass! Dumb Ass! Dumb Ass!
On August 10, 2010, Anita Hanson, an African American woman married to a white man, called Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s show to ask for advice on dealing with racial comments made by acquaintances. During the call, Schlessinger used the word “nigger” 11 times, saying that using the word was not racist, and continuing to use it after Hanson asked, “Is it ever OK to say that word?” Schlessinger attempted to justify her use by saying, “Black guys use it all the time.” After the call Schlesinger said, “If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.” One day later Schlessinger apologized. Hanson questioned the motivation and sincerity of Schlessinger’s apology, believing it to be result of being “caught” Hanson also said that Schlessinger made no apology regarding her comments on interracial marriage.
Schlesinger announced she would end her radio show at the end of 2010:
“I have made the decision not to do radio anymore. I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what is on my mind.”Schlesinger stated that she will not retire.
I believe, Dr. Laura, that you cited the HBO network as the level accepted or the norm. They say a lot more than dumb ass and the “N” word on HBO too. Since when does the HBO network become the standard for social etiquette? I did not think social conservatives even watched premium cable TV. Even I get shocked at some of the programs I view on cable TV. If I had people living in my house under the age of 25, I would not subscribe to it. I would only have basic TV. You know the kind with five channels in English and 10 in Spanish.
In your statement, you “want to regain your First Amendment rights.” When did you loose your First Amendment rights? I ask this as I write using my First Amendment rights to call you a Dumb Ass.
What does the First Amendment say?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
That’s right. You have every right to scream your opinion at the top of your lungs. However, do not forget. The First Amendment gives me the right to stand on the opposite side and scream my opinion.
Just because you can say something verbally and/or in print does not always mean you should. Let’s not forget that freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion applies to all of the people. Remember it is “WE, the people…” not just the ones certain individuals get to choose.
So that means the First Amendment applies to Terry Jones, the Dumb Ass from Florida (oh, is that redundant?). http://abcnews.go.com/US/terry-jones-pastor-burn-koran-day/story?id=11575665 who wanted to burn the Koran.
The great philosopher, Jimmy Buffet, sings, ironically in the song Fruitcakes, that there is a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Religion’s in the hands of some crazy ass people. So it seems. Personally, I have difficulty going to church when the preacher wears a gun in the pulpit.
It seems that the entire world, with the exception of the dozen or so members of Jones’ church, were against burning the holy book of the Muslim religion. Nevertheless, regardless of how offensive and detestable the act is, Pastor Jones has the right to do so as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
So that makes Dr. Laura and Preacher Jones both exercising their first amendment rights. Unfortunately, the Constitution does not say anything about the right to be stupid or the right to be hateful. Obviously that equality phrasing does not refer to intelligence, common sense and good judgment.
I am thankful the quran burning did not take place. It seems the Reverend Jones has changed his mission. But just in case, Mr. Jones, Dr. Laura said to tell you, “The Sheriff is Near!”