Freedom of Speech without using Conscience, Manners, and Ethics is Inexcusable
If there is one position that is certain, it is the position of the person who is bringing the entire perspective into international attention. Farah El-Jayyousi, a Muslim student activist, has expressed that showing the film would make her feel “unsafe,” The College Fix reported. She has demanded an apology and wants an explanation as to why the Oscar-nominated film was selected for the diverse audiences at the university.
This is precisely why academia is getting such a bad rap within the mainstream media. Not an individual familiar with U.S. law should have a problem with this outlandish behavior or more apt, the particular notion of Farah El-Jayyousi’s freedom of speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The College Fix reported:
“This film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not be shown under any circumstances and especially not endorsed by a branch of student government that purports to represent me and have my best interests in mind,” student Farah El-Jayyousi, former president of the Muslim Student Organization, had stated.
She made the comments in a letter to the editor to The Maneater earlier this month, denouncing the decision to show the blockbuster – the highest grossing film of 2014. El-Jayyousi accused the movie of dehumanizing Muslims and glorifying the murder of Iraqis, and referred to Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL featured in the film, as “a killer with no regard for human life.”
El-Jayyousi accused the movie of dehumanizing Muslims and glorifying the murder of Iraqis, and referred to Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL featured in the film, as “a killer with no regard for human life.”
After its publication, the student government stated it received “numerous letters from students asking for the film to be cancelled.”
It is always noteworthy and specifically important to learn, read, or somehow to gain knowledge pursuant to the First Amendment. Indeed, as for me it was a quote I read by Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S., whereby he announces when other such ridiculous events were occurring that without these words, our very liberty is called into question.
Make no mistake about it folks – the entire U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are ‘documents of contract’ that ensure security between a government and those it governs. The rights espoused in the Bill of Rights were written as a measure to protect us from the abuses of power that a government can wield. Yet, just like anything worth having there is a price to be paid to ensure that those rights are not abused, changed, or too legalistic. This is of course the accountability of a collective society to perform its duties which in earlier times consisted of maintaining the core values, morals, and ethics that America was founded upon.
Thomas Jefferson left a profound impression upon the nation he loved so much. However, we believe that Jefferson’s greatest effect on this country are not in his inventions, establishments, or politics – we believe that Jefferson’s greatest influence on our nation is in the notion of “Liberties without conscience are inexcusable.”
This clearly goes against what Thomas Jefferson stated as well as what James Madison wrote: As much as the Founder’s and their supporters wanted too, these statesmen and citizens also realized that more than anything they had to demonstrate responsibility and good conscience.
As always it is of the utmost importance for one to realize manners, ethics, customs, and good conscience when endeavoring to engage in their rights and opportunities. Indeed nothing more so than with speech and expression.
Let’s see here — Has Barack Obama said anything about “Muslims and Love;” it is always a good thought to realize that movies come and go…if one doesn’t like the subject matter then please avoid going to see it! This is viewed by many, to being disrespectful to Americans.