There is always a debate when someone makes a statement that most of us would find to be, at best, inappropriate. But where does freedom of speech end and how does it make a difference?
Most recently in the news, a journalism professor at The University of Kansas tweeted his reaction to the recent Navy ship yard shooting by blaming the NRA and saying, “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God d**n you.”
Everyone from the Chancellor to the ACLU to the Kansas Rifle Association to elected Kansas representatives have voiced their opinions. See http://www.inquisitr.com/960756/kansas-professor-david-guth-suspended-after-blaming-nra-for-navy-yard-shooting/
Thus far, no one has agreed with Professor David Guth’s comments and most everyone has expressed abhorrence to them, but whether he had the right to make them is being debated. It has even generated threats by elected representatives to refuse funding of the university if the professor is not removed. (He is currently on administrative leave pending further investigation of the matter). See http://fox4kc.com/2013/09/19/kansas-rifle-association-calls-for-dismissal-of-ku-professor-after-controversial-tweet/
Now there is another issue. Some wonder if elected officials have the right to essentially blackmail a state-funded institution. They question if this is not the same as refusing to pay all representatives or senators, when one among them commits an act of deplorable behavior by word or action, unless they begin proceedings to remove the offender from office.
Regardless of how one may feel about either of the aforementioned issues, there are better ways to use our great freedom of speech and expression, but it all begins with a focus on making a positive difference for our fellowman.
- Advocate for change by voting
- Write letters to the elected officials who can make changes
- Support and fundraise for organizations that promote good for all
- Care for those who are victimized
- If elected officials behave inappropriately, actively support their opponents and provide facts so that others can make informed decisions
- Have faith in others that they will handle things appropriately
- Let others in decision-making positions know when you support their decisions
- Show your appreciation and praise actions that benefit your fellowman
Rhetoric is seldom successful in bringing about positive change, but you can. All it takes is taking action appropriately, and responding to the negatives in a manner to make the world a better place.