With much of the mainstream media continuing to disgrace itself by ignorant coverage of Sunday’s terror attack on a Texas art exhibit, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly continued her outspoken defense of First Amendment rights Wednesday.
And she brought one of the country’s top legal scholars onto “The Kelly File” to back her up.
Since Sunday’s attack by two Islamists on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas, commentators who should know better have been arguing the real blame for the attack lies with the art exhibit’s organizers – NOT the two murderous fanatics who showed up at a peaceful gathering with the intent of murdering as many people as possible.
Kelly has been fighting a vocal war on the topic since – including with her colleague, the usually sensible Bill O’Reilly. (“‘Should we get rid of all Jews?’ Megyn Kelly blasts O’Reilly for suggesting we cater to jihadis.”)
“Over the last 72 hours, we have heard the event organizers condemned as being too provocative, too stupid, even for inviting their own attempted murder,” Kelly said.
“If this is where American sentiment stands on this issue, then the jihadis are officially winning.”
Actually, the only “American sentiment” that really matters is the one the Framers put into the Constitution, and respected UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh to make the point crystal clear.
As though he was teaching a class of first-year law students, Volokh noted that the First Amendment guarantees Americans free speech – it’s as simple as that, regardless of what some libs – like CNN’s Chris Cuomo – might think.
“There is no exception under the First Amendment for blasphemy, no exception for speech that offends people because of their beliefs,” he said.
“The whole point of this was to say, ‘you cannot tell Americans, you cannot tell a free people what you can and cannot say,” he said.
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