February 6th, 2005

thugs, politics

"The First Amendment is too strong! Burn it down!"

There are few things I have no words for.

This is one of them. I'll let it speak for itself:

“High school attitudes about the First Amendment are important because each generation of citizens helps define what freedom means in our society,” the report reads.

Among its findings:

* Nearly three-fourths of high school students either do not know how they feel about the First Amendment or admit they take it for granted.
* Seventy-five percent erroneously think flag burning is illegal.
* Half believe the government can censor the Internet.
* More than a third think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.

(emphasis added)

And if that last thing doesn't scare you, just look at this Orcinus post on a Colorado town that's planning to burn books originally bought for school.

I don't want to believe it's too late, but...maybe it is.

[Tip of the hat to Steve Jackson, the guy in charge of sjgames.com and a guy who knows a lot about the first amendment, being a publisher of roleplaying books and who has had his business raided by the Secret Service, for pointing this out.]

[Edit: I've made a post about this over at the NFZ.]
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