Calvin Demmon tells all

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Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Freedom and the press

"The unregulated voice isn't as dangerous to the republic as the silenced voice." -- George A. Dunst, lawyer, 1997.

"Committing journalism is . . . so important that it's constitutionally protected. We need to think all the time about what we are doing with that privilege. When we write without that moral perspective . . . we're like the atheist in his coffin: all dressed up and no place to go." -- Jane Bryant Quinn, columnist, 1998.

"Political speech is at the apex of First Amendment protection. . . . It is not for Congress to decide that political speech is some sort of disease that we must quarantine." -- Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer, 1998.

"Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds." -- Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court justice, 1969.

"Facts are subversive." -- I.F. Stone, independent journalist, c. 1960.

(All of these quotes are from a 1999 desk calendar published by the Freedom Forum.)

Monday, September 22, 2003
Wrestling with a riddle,
finding inner freedom

"Even when I was a fairly precocious young man, the nothingness of the hopes and strivings which chases most men restlessly through life came to my consciousness with considerable vitality.... Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle.... The contemplation of this world beckoned like a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in devoted occupation with it." -- (Albert Einstein, writing in 1946.)


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