The First Amendment provides us with a “marketplace of ideas” and enables truth to be determined from diverse opinions.
Some don’t realize, however, that the First Amendment was not made to protect “nice” or “uncontroversial” speech. Martin Daniel is especially concerned about the all-to-common tendency to condemn speech that certain persons or special interest groups might find offensive. All persons certainly have a right to express their values and opinions. Governments, and their agencies, must respect that right and persons should be tolerant of those who speak out.
No government – whether it be an agency, school, or public official – may abridge this right. Martin Daniel completely supports the First Amendment right to free speech and he fights to ensure that it is respected.