Almost a half century ago, comedian George Carlin recorded his controversial “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” monologue.
That was then.
“Today, it would be easy to create a new list entitled, ‘Things you can’t say if you are a student or a professor at a college of a university or an employee of many big corporations.’ And there wouldn’t be just seven items on that list – 70 times seven would be closer to the mark,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, via Zoom, addressing the recent Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention.
Discussing religious beliefs, he argued, has become especially dangerous.
“You can’t say that marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” he noted. “Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it’s considered bigotry.”
Consider, for example, the case of Jack Denton, a Florida State University political science major whose long-range plans include law school.