Whoopi Goldberg, one of the Progressive Left’s superstars has just received a taste of her own medicine. The executives at ABC have suspended her for two weeks because of her erroneous, insensitive comments about the Holocaust. She said, “The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
The response to her ill-informed statement was quick and merciless. With six million Jews having been murdered just because they were Jewish, Whoopi’s statement was not only wrong but also deeply insulting. The Left was horrified and so was the Right. Conservatives called for her to be fired, saying that anybody on the right side of the aisle would have been terminated for saying the same thing. Nevertheless, according to Conservatives, Whoopi just received a slap on the wrist.
Personally, I never watch The View. Knowing what they have to say, I refuse to subject myself to their malice, but I do believe they have a right to express themselves freely. Although I disagree with Whoopi’s assertion, I do not believe she should have been suspended for saying it. That she was punished is decidedly un-American.
The bedrock of our American way of life is founded on Freedom of Speech. It’s protected by the 1st Amendment. Based on this freedom, since The View is Whoopi’s show, she should have been free to be wrong. Having made a fool of herself was all the punishment she should have received.
Freedom of Speech isn’t just the freedom to say things everybody likes to hear. At least, this has not been the traditional definition of our 1st Amendment protection. Not long ago, the ACLU actually defended the right of the American NAZI Party to promote white supremacy. But, since most lawyers from the ACLU were Jewish, why would they do this, you might ask? It because they cherished our civil liberties more than they hated what the American NAZI Party had to say. So, defending the NAZI’s right to be offensive was actually the right thing to do.
For America to be America, we must once again defend the inalienable right of Freedom of Speech, even when we vehemently disagree with what has been said. That this has even become an issue reveals how far we have drifted from who Almighty God called us to be. Because this is true, although I disagree with Whoopi and consider her to be a loathsome human being, I support her right to say whatever she pleases on her own show. To maintain any other position repudiates the 1st Amendment and is decidedly un-American.