Freedom of Speech Limitations

The Peace rose blooms in the Garden of Grace. Photo taken January 9, 2021

Please rethink your position. Freedom of Speech has limitations and responsibilities and be aware that the Fairness Doctrine (1949-1987) which was a mandate to broadcasters to cover “all public issues” and “stipulated that broadcasters must cover controversial issues of public importance in ways that presented opposing views” no longer exists. This is critical to know and reflect upon.

Dear Christian friends protesting the removal of Parler app as a threat to your freedom of speech:

The research evidence is overwhelming that online and social media have the potential and are using their ability to change human behavior. Just honestly think about yourselves and your own family and friends evolution on Facebook. For example: Anti-social behavior, license to be thoughtless, hurtful has increased, leading to cyber bullying, feelings of alienation, depression for many. So.

Even if we cannot agree about January 6, 2021, our common faith in Jesus Christ should be able to help us agree that one’s right to post does not include the right to harm others. The posts and sayings leading up to Epiphany Day Jan 6, 2021 have been harmful; this is at the very least a reason you need to rethink your stance.

Your right to free speech is limited by where you are, what you say, and how you say it.

Jeff Nilsson. 6 Surprising Exceptions to Freedom of Speech from the Saturday Evening Post. March 21, 2017.

Bible Verses About Words

Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24

A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. Proverbs 18:4

Our faith should help us sow words that give life, peace, hope, love, and bring harmony to all. Peace!

The Peace Rose

I bought two rose plants for the Rose Room in my Garden of Grace in 2013: 1946 AARS winner Peace, and the Chicago Peace. Both were planted and every year I get confused even as I remember that Peace is a yellow hybrid and Chicago Peace is pink. They change colors as the blooms mature! The Peace starts a lovely, deep, pure yellow with furls tinged pink, carmen, burnt orange, deepening into a full bloomed blush while the Chicago Peace starts pink and becomes sunset hued. No matter, it is fun to simply celebrate their history, enjoy the blooms, and cherish the hope of everlasting peace.

The Peace Rose is one of the most famous roses of all time. France called it ‘Madame A. Meilland’ after Meilland’s mother. Italy called it ‘Goia’ (Joy). Germany named it ‘Glory Dei’ (glory to God) and the USA called it ‘Peace’. Source: The Peace Rose, The Star of the Show: The Peace Rose has a Special Place in History, https://www.all-my-favourite-flower-names.com/peace-rose.html (01/10/21). The romantic story of this rose – it won the AARS award the day Berlin fell, was developed just before war came to France (country), and France Meilland, the developer did not know if the flower he created, nurtured through the war, and tried to share beyond his country’s borders ever reached the US, and named Peace the greatest hope of all humankind – has been documented by Antonia Ridge in For Love of a Rose. Faber & Faber, 1968. There is also a video of this romantic story: https://youtu.be/wktgue5-Tcg (The Rose of the Century), 5 mins long. Don’t miss it!

A blessing: May our words restore peace.

Read also: Fairness Doctrine. Encyclopedia Brittanica.

It stipulated that broadcasters must cover controversial issues of public importance in ways that presented opposing views. Today, the first half (arguably the more progressive clause) of the Fairness Doctrine––a mandate to air public issues of interest––is often conveniently overlooked in favor of the mandate to air opposing positions. Although the Fairness Doctrine’s effectiveness and enforceability are debatable, it encouraged sensitivity toward programming biases and provided local communities an important tool with which to hold broadcasters accountable. In Pickard, V. (2018). The Strange Life and Death of the Fairness Doctrine: Tracing the Decline of Positive Freedoms in American Policy Discourse. International Journal of Communication, 12 3434-3453. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/asc_papers/745

Published by Anita

Anita Coleman joined Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s faculty as Associate Professor of Bibliography and Research and Director of the the Ernest Miller White Library in January 2020. Anita is passionate about the power of libraries to liberate and give life.

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