BY MARGARET BAYUK, Kennewick
Now that is a question laden with irony. Why do you think the founders made it the First Amendment? They were in the process of inciting a rebellion against England in order to secure the rights they considered to be properly theirs. The First Amendment was written primarily to protect political speech, not pornographers, as so many seem to believe today.
And if you want to change it in order to prosecute those who incite violence, you had better start with those same pornographers who so infamously hide under its protections. If there was ever a war on women, they are the first offenders. I know the specific women depicted cooperated, but every time someone views that picture they are learning to treat women as objects of their desire, not human beings deserving of their respect. Sexual offenders do not spend their time in prison poring over natural family planning charts. They spend it poring over pornography, which is protected by the First Amendment.
Of course, if you were to limit the proposed bill to prosecuting those who incite religious violence, then all the Christians would have to do is put a couple of bullets through windows at the coming exhibition of "Piss Christ" and we could finally put away the artist, Andres Serrano. Oh, but I forgot; he was actually supported by the federal government, wasn't he?
It is disappointing to some, I know, that we cannot cherry-pick which institutions should be supported and which suppressed. I'm sure that if we re-elect Obama, though, he will make that one of his goals.