Monday, May 22, 2006


Ordinary, Everyday People

"I used to think the US Constitution was fixed, an absolute guarantee of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press in this country," said Patricia Princehouse as she accepted a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation for her efforts to preserve science education in Ohio public schools.

"The past five years have shown me that the Constitution is valuable only insofar as people are willing to stand up for the rights it protects. Our freedoms are guaranteed only as long as ordinary, everyday people are willing to claim them--indeed, to insist on them."

Read the rest of her powerful speech at The Nation's "Moral Compass," an occasional series highlighting the spoken word


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