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Re: Re Free expression on mailing list
In a message dated 97-12-19 01:20:12 EST, Peter writes:
>I can tell you that when I approached the Speaker of the
> B.C. parliament to propose that he institute volume guidelines
> for events on the grounds, he told me that he felt any such
> limitations would be regarded as an infringement on free speech.
Well, I don't know enough about how Canadians view the
principle of free speech to make a comment, but if a US
lawyer, legislator, or judge took such a position I would
find it ghastly.
We need to start emphasizing the idea of free speech is
a two-way street which also involves the fact that members
of the potential audience have rights also -- including the
right not to be forced to hear that which they wish not to
Back when Thomas Jefferson and the boys were drafting
the Bill of Rights, there were no amplifiers to torture
people with unwanted noise. Too bad. I think they would
have been wise enough to write in some safeguards against
-- Michael Wright
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