A couple disconcerting events recently.
Ann Coulter, a noted conservative speaker and author, cancelled her scheduled speech at U.C. Berkeley after her sponsor pulled out due to concerns over safety. This is a very bad blow for free speech in the sense that we now have confirmation that the radical progressives on college campuses can literally shut down the conservative point of view simply with threats of violence and actual violence as witnessed just last week (link below).
The other event happened last month, though there was not nearly as much fanfare as there was two years ago when charges were announced against the creators of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood executives and doctors casually discussing dismembering aborted babies and selling their body parts for profit. All those charges from two years ago have since been dropped, but last month here in California, the new State Attorney General has filed new charges against David Daleiden and his associate Sandra Merritt.
This case hinges on the difference between what the Federal Government says is “Free Speech” and therefore is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, vs. what the State of California restricts in its law on recording of public conversations. California, and a handful of other states, have tried in recent years to undermine free speech by restricting the recording of public conversations (whether on a wire or in a public place) to the requirement that both parties must agree to the recording. The Federal Government, however, only requires a single party to consent to the recording.
Mr. Daleiden and his associate Ms. Merritt were very careful to follow all statutes and laws applicable to this as they were heavily schooled on the uses of free speech in such cases before they ever went in to make these videos to start with. Further, when the public has a “Right to know” about the activities of organizations that are receiving public funds, such as Planned Parenthood has been receiving for many years now, the laws are allowed some leeway for “Investigative journalism” and the like. Such is obviously the case here.
I anticipate these charges will ultimately be dropped as well, as the new State Attorney General in the State of California will not want to test this with a day in the Supreme Court!
What does the Bible say?
“Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.”
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right…”
In general, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his “Letter from the Birmingham jail” regarding unjust laws:
“A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”
Dr. King goes on:
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”.
That just about sums it up. It is our duty to fight such laws that deny rights or are “Unjust” to any in our society. In the case we are discussing here, it is more than a violation of Free Speech, it is the violation of the fundamental rights of the unborn child (the right to life), killed in what should be the safest place on the planet for them, their mother’s womb, that we are truly fighting.