President Obama’s recent speech at the United Nations had a troubling line in its text. The president said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” What does that mean? Why have many media outlets (Americanized version of Pravda and Izvestia) failed to report on that line? Does this mean, as Americans, we are surrendering, by proxy of Obama, our Constitutional right of freedom of speech or expression because of his dictum on Islam?
We have already seen the president’s assault on our First Amendment religious freedoms in his health care legislation mandate on birth control … specifically the Catholic Church. Is his statement a precursor to another big-government effort chipping away at our rights? A proposed executive order to regulate the Internet for cyber-security (bypassing Congress once again) is close to completion according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The order would initially affect 16 critical classes of industry. Which classes? The number of classes could be countless.
Where is the transparency Obama bragged about in 2008? It may be hackneyed, but, “Wake up, America!” We are close to losing our right of free speech.
Terry G. Popravak Sr.