Thursday, October 16, 2008

6th grade and Freedom of Speech

G comes up to me tonight and says, "Mom, there are some kids at school that believe Obama is the antichrist and I agree." Frantically, I look around the room to make sure there are no bugs or hidden cameras. I tell her, "You could be right but freedom of speech isn't really freedom of speech. You cannot be talking about things like that." Her innocent 6th grade frame of mind couldn't understand why we don't really have freedom of speech. I didn't show her the article but I did encourage her to let it go.
When did it get so bad that we become fearful of sharing our opinions? Why do I care if my blog gets flagged because I have an opinion? When did it become necessary to warn my daughter about speaking her mind? Truth is...we are going to cause our own freedoms to become null and void because of our apathy. What a sad place!
If you know G, you know that she will go down with the ship before giving up her opinions. She is her mother's daughter!

Just some political thoughts with a recovering migraine sufferer today! :)

1 comment:

  1. Hmm. I agree with your thoughts, but I wonder if I should sometimes be braver and speak my mind more openly.