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Blasphemous Speech is Protected
Daniel Cassidy writes at Sunlit Uplands:
Thousands of students and concerned parents are calling for the cancellation of a blasphemous play at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The offensive production Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally portrays Christ and the twelve Apostles as homosexuals.
The lewd production was recently canceled at Tarleton State University in Texas due to peaceful protest. And now Gallaudet University is facing a similar protest for its decision to host the play on April 8-10.
Among those calling for the cancellation of the play is a Catholic group called The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property -- TFP. Its student members launched an online petition last week inviting people to send protest emails to the university. Thousands have already done so at www.tfpstudentaction.org.
"Blasphemy does not qualify as free speech," said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie...
Sorry son, yes it does. You have the right to engage McNally's ideas, but no right to silence his ideas.