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.
Some people should never be allowed to be famous.
I have never been a fan of Rob Schneider or his films. I have never thought that the man was all that funny. In fact, I thought he was an idiot. And thankfully, he has proven me right. I am not going to say that he has no right to believe that vaccinations cause autism (even though the studies that show this have been disproven multiple times). He has the right to believe whatever he wants, no matter how silly it makes him sound.
But every time he says something, he just makes himself sound even worse. His first amendment right was never violated. Maybe if he actually knew the constitution, he would have gotten that. Or maybe I am giving him too much credit.
The first amendment protects the individual’s right to free speech, but it protects it from the U.S. government. The first word in the statement above is Congress. Congress shall pas no law. Congress. The U.S. Government shall pass no law. Fine, history has proven that in certain circumstances they will pass laws, but lets ignore that minor violation of our rights. Read up on the Alien and Sedition acts to find out more.
Mr. Schneider, you did not have your first amendment right violated. You are, in fact, an uneducated idiot. State Farm has every right to fire you over comments you made. In fact, the contract you signed probably allowed it. If comments you made started to actually drive customers away, do you honestly think State Farm would have kept you on their advertisements?
While I am on the subject of this anti-vaccination belief, Rob made the argument that there is no evidence that vaccinations are effective. I guess the fact that small pox and other diseases are almost gone isn’t evidence. Also, there is proof that in California, schools that have the lowest vaccination rates have the highest cases of whooping cough and the measles. And, yes, I know, those are not deadly diseases (except that they can be). And what schools have the lowest vaccination rates? Well, elite preschools of course. So these elite schools, which are mostly attended by children of the rich, have the highest amounts of preventable diseases. Recorded.
Hey, Mr. Schneider, please shut the hell up.