Free speech should not be abridged -- even for a bearded-woodsman on a popular cable show

DELTONA -- First I want to say to the readers that I hope they had  a joyous holiday season. Now to my topic at hand related to the holidays: Texas Gov. Rick Perry had to pass legislation so in a particular school system, people could wish others "Merry Christmas" with out legal reprisals. Do we now have to legislate our children's right say "Merry Christmas?"

Has it rely come to that? come to that? We are suppose to have freedom of speech but political correctness is stifling us.

At a Memphis Army base, an equal opportunity officer that in an annual Christmas football tournament they could not use the term "Christmas" and should replace it with "Holiday."

Really?

I do not want to be insensitive to anyone, but I do have the right to say "Merry Christmas." I also do have common sense that if I know someone is a different religion I would not say that greeting to them.

Can we replace political correctness with common sense? Now to the second half of my blog and I don't want to ruffle anyone's feathers, but I hate reality television and avoid watching it if at all possible.

It was all over the news about a certain cable TV show -- you might have heard of it,  as if nobody had, right?  I have seen about two minutes of the show were they were commenting about how bad this one person was at buying gifts for his wife.

And I thought: "I wonder how much shampoo and conditioner these guys must go through for their scalp and beards soft and manageable and turned it off."  This was before the controversy and you'll notice I haven't even mentioned the show on A & E.

It is not because I agree or disagree with them it is because I hate reality TV. I like a good murder mystery or science fiction series. Reality television is based on real people in what I believe as mostly contrived situations. These people have their own thoughts which they might voice.

You as a viewer have a choice, tune in or turn off. There are so many shows that pretty much anyone could be offended by something on television/internet. If you do not like a show don't watch it. 

You as a viewer have a choice, tune in or turn off. There are so many shows that pretty much anyone could be offended by something on television/internet. If you do not like a show don't watch it. 

Editor's Note: If you haven't figured out the name of the show, Dana Swanson, of course was referring to Duck Dynasty. Unfortunately, through no fault of Dana Swanson, her offering here was misplaced by the publisher who often gets overwhelmed by the constant influx of emails (about 80 percent of it junk) and the blog topics sometimes get lost in the shuffle. This is one such example.
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Dana Dougherty is a political columnist for HeadlineSurfer.com. She also is a Florida Republican state committeewoman & former VP of the West Volusia Republican Club, though these activities are separate from her column. Dougherty, a Deltona resident, earned her MBA from Stetson University in DeLand. She was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in the past two elections. Dana's Domain" (and its contents), is the sole copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB NEWS LLC, and cannot be reproduced, copied or published in whole or in part without prior written permission of the publisher. HeadlineSurfer.com (and its predecessors NSBNews.net & VolusiaNews.net) are intellectual property of NSB News LLC. All three domains fall under the umbrella of Headline Surfer®, launched April 7, 2008, by multiple award-winning breaking news & investigative journalist Henry Frederick.