Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Can't I make you understand, you're having delusions of grandeur

It's not hard to see where bomb-maker Travis Biehn gets his attitude from: A Newfoundland couple expects to appeal the decision of an American judge who found their 17-year-old son guilty of threatening to bomb his Pennsylvania high school. [...] [Biehn's mother] believes the current climate in the U.S. is not conducive to true free speech. "They've gone above and beyond, so that people's rights are skewed," she said. "It's supposed to be liberty, freedom – you're supposed to have a right to your own opinion. Any examples? Or are we just throwing out sweeping generalizations implying some kind of unspecified police state, without bothering to acknowledge that what her son stands accused of were acts of terrorism, not holding doubleplusungood opinions? "It's pretty bad if you cannot vocalize your opinion, and all of a sudden you're anti-American." The right to express your opinion ends where my right not to be blown up begins. Biehn is getting exactly what he deserves, and he's lucky that he's a minor, with all that entails. I had some sympathy for the parents before this - it's not necessarily their fault that their son has evident psychological problems - but no more. (Via NealeNews.)

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