Recently Dr. Laura Schlessinger has decided to end her radio show due to the recent controversy, in which she repeatedly spouted the N-word to a caller. On Larry King, she offered the following explanation for ending her show: “The reason is I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she told King. “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.”
She is not alone in this school of thought. Former Alaskan Governor and Future Reality Star Sarah Palin tweeted “Don’t retreat…reload!” to the good doctor, as well as “her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence” and “Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!”
Some pretty power words, however I’m not sure they really understand what the first amendment means. Freedom of speech protects people from government censorship, and should not be an excuse for someone to use racial slurs. As far as I understand, no one is really forcing her to quit; she is doing this all on her own.
So my question to you is this: Was Dr. Laura’s freedom of speech violated? You be the judge!