I happened to stumble across the American Library Association’s web page today. The homepage has some truly stirring quotes. The lust with which some people want to take a chainsaw to the Bill of Rights is terrifying beyond belief. That there is a real chance of these thugs being voted out of office in three months pleases me no end.

The quotes:

“Censorship reflects a society�s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .� � Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)

�The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One�s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.� � Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

�First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.��Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition (00-795) 198 F.3d 1083, affirmed.

�Almost all human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.� � Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World

�Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.� � U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856�1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927)

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