Throughout the years, Megyn Kelly has stood by her views on her show, The Kelly File, where she would argue certain beliefs (often against guests) that are generally accepted among conservatives. It is on The Kelly File that Kelly took on feminists, calling them “buttercups” that need to “toughen up.” Kelly even expressed her disdain for Harry Reid on her show, calling him “disgusting.” Eventually, viewers — mostly those who watch her in disdain — questioned if Megyn Kelly is biased or unbiased, to which she said she is a “straight news anchor.”
Now, Megyn Kelly’s latest argument on The Kelly File is garnering a lot of attention. In this edition of her show, Kelly brings up Freedom of Speech, in association to the $10,000 Muhammad Art Exhibit, by debating the issue with Richard Fowler.
According to Huffington Post, Megyn Kelly and Richard Fowler went head-to-head in a heated and aggressive debate on Tuesday night, May 5, 2015. The topic of Freedom of Speech was discussed in association to the $10,000 Muhammad Art Exhibit. Kelly had strong opposition against critics, including her colleague Bill O’Reilly, who said that Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) organized the event to “provoke” an attack, ergo crossing the line of Freedom of Speech.
Pamela Geller, who is president of the AFDI, responded to said critics in a recent piece written for Time.
“Islamic law as it’s interpreted by extremists forbids criticism of Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad. If they cannot be criticized in the United States, we are in effect accepting Islamic law as overriding the freedom of speech.”
Megyn Kelly takes on a similar sentiment to Pamela Geller but her guest, Richard Fowler, says otherwise and agrees with the critics, as reported by The Blaze. Fowler claims that what Geller did was akin to an individual yelling “fire” in a crowded movie theater or someone yelling the “n-word” in a black church. Summarized, Fowler argued Freedom of Speech’s limit is common sense. Megyn Kelly, however, countered such with the following.
“You said the limits of free speech end and that this is akin to yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater which is not protected speech — and I am telling you, this is protected speech!”
Apparently, what Megyn Kelly was trying to point out is that Freedom of Speech is simply not an individual’s right to say what they want for that is a part of it. Freedom of Speech is the protection of all people’s right to say what they want in general without having any association to what is being spoken.
“The more offensive the speech is, the more protection it needs! That’s how the First Amendment works! You can defend the First Amendment right to say it without aligning yourselves with the message!”
In conclusion, neither Megyn Kelly nor Richard Fowler came to any sort of agreement. Fowler closed with the following statement.
“The First Amendment does give us the right to free speech. It doesn’t mean you should go out and do it! It doesn’t mean you should go out there and do stupid things as they did.”
With a bewildered look upon her face, Megyn Kelly responded to Richard Fowler’s statement.
“Wow. Richard, I am concerned about the America you would have us live in. That is not the way it was set up.”
[Image via The Kelly File Screen Capture]