Constitutional scholar Neil deGrasse Tyson has an important reminder about the First Amendment:
The US Constitution grants freedom of speech in its First Amendment, but does not protect you from ridicule for being wrong.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 13, 2017
He’s right about the ridicule thing. What he’s not, however, is self-aware.
Hope you remember that. https://t.co/Q6LPu6bI5z
— Dr. Schadenfreude (@PoliticsOfFear) July 13, 2017
Gotta love it when a guy who basically spends his days trying to ruin things for people and frequently winds up with egg on his own face gets all lecture-y about understanding when you’re wrong.
Being wrong is your right.
— Tono C (@modorus) July 13, 2017
Oh, and speaking of being wrong:
The constitution doesn't "grant" rights, it protects you from the governments taking them away. Important distinction. #naturalrights
— Cole (@Robcole24) July 13, 2017
It doesn't grant anything. Free speech is our natural right. 1A restricts the government from infringing on that right.
— obeyconsume (@obeyconsume) July 13, 2017
Actually our rights aren't granted to us. We have those Rights, they are ours. The gov't doesn't grant us rights.
— John Maksuta (@JohnMaksuta) July 13, 2017
So should I ridicule you? The Constitution doesn't grant freedom; it acknowledges and is supposed to protect it.
— DrBrooks (@DrBrooks2013) July 13, 2017
The constitution doesn't grant any rights, it only guarantees them. The second amendment protects them.
— Jeffrey White (@releasethekeken) July 13, 2017
The Constitution doesn't grant rights, it says government can't infringe on rights with which we were born. Try reading it once. https://t.co/ZpSvlQb9Xk
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 13, 2017
The Constitution doesn't "grant" rights, genius. But hey looks like you were right about that second part. https://t.co/aeXvOOh6A4
— CDP ?⚾? (@cdpayne79) July 13, 2017
The Constitution doesn't GRANT anybody anything. But you're right about the second part, you ignorant, pompous ass. https://t.co/PQinKf1GoE
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 13, 2017
Never change, Neil.
So close… https://t.co/eMNW0QlpWC
— Carlton Hinds (@methuselaschild) July 13, 2017
What a doofus.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.