Radio broadcasting is not for the faint of heart. Standing for your beliefs makes you a BIG TARGET, especially if your views are unpopular or controversial. This is where you need to be firmly grounded in your beliefs. The First Amendment guarantees that even radical ideas need to be aired out for inspection, evaluation and either acceptance or rejection. We need not be afraid of free speech.FIRST AMENDMENT FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1789: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
…The People Determine What’s Acceptable Free Speech, Not Government
If the Nazi Party obtains a permit to march through downtown Attleboro, I would rally my friends to organize a peaceful counter-protest. As the Nazis marched past us, I would lead my Christian friends in a religious hymn and I would be sporting a Kipa on my bald head, a symbol of my Jewish heritage. I would counter hate with love and show, with my counter-protest, that Attleboro rejects and rebukes the ideas of “national socialism” and White supremacy. “We” would outnumber “them” by 100 or 1,000 to one that day, showing our community’s rejection of them. I would speak out, I would challenge their ideas, I would rebuke their doctrine, I would fight to defend those who are defenseless.
BUT I WOULD NEVER STOP THEM FROM MARCHING.First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Listen to my show archive. Be prepared to be offended, sometimes, but be prepared to rethink your positions. Do not be afraid of controversial ideas, be ready to defend yours and challenge theirs.
NEVER BE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT AND DEFEND WHAT YOU BELIEVE! The First Amendment is the first of 27 Amendments to the Constitution that have been adopted by Americans to guarantee our rights.