Friday, December 4, 2009

Sixteen Years Ago Today we lost an unexpectedly eloquent voice in defense of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religious Thought, and the Right to Due Process . . .

FrAnK zApPa.

We could sure use his voice today, and more voices like his; intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate voices that give us pause and remind us that if we fail to protect the rights of those with whom we disagree, then we have no protection ourselves.

There are many more examples on YouTube.
Transcript of Statement Before the State Commerce Committee
Transcript of entire hearing

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religious Thought -
Amendment 1 - (Ratified 12/15/1791) 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.

Right to Due Process -
Amendment 6 - (Ratified 12/15/1791) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

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