Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Experiences | 0 comments

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

~US Constitution, First Amendment, December 15, 1791

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”

~Voltaire

“Mom, why are those people holding up signs?” I hear a voice from the back seat. My eight-year-old daughter is wise beyond her years. She always jumps to be the first to ask why or why not.

“Well, they want to share how they feel about something important,” I respond, not really sure where this conversation will lead.

“Do you think what they are saying is important?”

Her question hauls me back in time to when I remember growing up with the same kinds of questions floating in my head. My dad would drive us by people protesting the war in Vietnam and we talked at length about having a voice in society. A veteran of World War II, he felt he had fought for the rights of people to speak their mind, “If it weren’t for protests, there would be no United States,” he would remind me.

So, here I am, sharing how important free speech is to our country with my daughter. “I believe it is important to them and I support their right to free speech.”

She looks back at the small group holding signs again and smiles. “Then I hope someone listens to them and finds a solution to their problem. It’s getting cold outside!”

~Bonnie Cranmer

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