by CHUCK MONASMITH, Kennewick
Remember the children's rhyme, "Sticks and stones can break my bones; but words will never hurt me." Words can be used to incite actions. That's why we use them. However, this rhyme clearly directs the onus to the audience to not be incited to violent action.
Words of criticism often bring improvement. Ignorance can cause a violent reaction to words of criticism. It is not the free speech that causes violent actions. It is the ignorance of the listener that incites violence.
A closing thought for you, Uncle Tom's Cabin and To Kill A Mockingbird really ticked off some folks. Yet, our society is much better today because the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harper Lee are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.