Thursday, August 26, 2010
Free Speech. Our First Amendment Right.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness"....the Declaration of Independence.
Hopey is one of God's creations; however, handicapped people are seldom treated as "equals".
In fact, over the years, people like Hopey have been forced into institutions, tied to chairs against their wills, locked in rooms until their bodies are bruised from attempting escape, used as experiments, over medicated, sterilized, and sexually abused. For them, education has been something fought for while pity is something fought against....friends are a gift longed for while bullies are a dreaded part of everyday life. An overwhelming majority of these precious ones are still aborted every single year, because they are portrayed as "baggage" by far too many in the medical community.
Free speech affords us the right to use derogatory words that hurt others, but that does not mean we should utilize the freedom. The "R" word is in the news again. It should be "old news" by now.