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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Free speech, big government, and the yoke of bondage
If you work for the government, do you give up your right to free speech? Apparently so. Jacob Volkmann can tell you all about it. Volkmann is an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter who also works part time as a wrestling coach for the White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota. He is now on paid administrative leave pending the investigation of his "fighting words" with the man who occupies the Oval Office as his target. According to Fox News, the communications director of the school district confirmed that an employee of the school district is on leave and is being investigated "in accordance with the law."
Volkmann, according to Fox News, answered a reporter's question about who he would like to fight next after winning a fight on New Year's Day. Volkmann said he would like to fight the president, saying, "He's not too bright. Someone's got to knock some sense into that idiot." In a later interview on the MMA Hour, Volkmann said, "The only regret I have is calling him an idiot. I don't think he's an idiot, but I do think he's making a lot of mistakes." Volkmann is also a chiropractor and he believes the president's health care overhaul is bad for business. But Volkmann said his comments were "tongue-in-cheek" and he had no intention of fighting the president.
Nevertheless, the Secret Service got wind of Volkmann's remarks and paid him a visit for threatening the president. Fox reports that Volkmann was not arrested and he was not charged, but on Monday he was told to report to the school district's human resources department. After a half-hour interview, he said he was put on paid administrative leave. Volkmann said several parents had called to complain that he was wearing a school shirt and a hat during one of his interviews. Volkmann said, "I think it's kind of ridiculous that the school is pretty much saying you can't voice your opinion and if you do voice your opinion you definitely can't voice it against the policies of the president."
That the Secret Service would waste taxpayers money to "investigate" someone who was obviously not a threat is one thing. That citizens of this country would turn in someone for making what were obviously not threatening comments is even worse. The public schools, which by law are supposed to be run locally, have become instruments of the leftist ilk of big government. Its all about freedom. Man's freedom is according to man's whims. God's freedom is based on righteousness. Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." That "yoke" is spiritually readied for all who would engage it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry