We have freedom of speech, but Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "You can’t shout fire in a crowded theater if there is no fire."
How about the inverse? You tell everyone to stay seated when there is a fire.
Something like this happened recently in Korea when a ferry capsized. This week a bipartisan group of business leaders and politicians, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President George W. Bush’s treasury secretary Henry Paulson Jr., issued a sharp warning about disastrous economic consequences if man-made global warming is not addressed in the near future. On the heels of this Rush Limbaugh advised his religious listeners that "intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming" and also believe in God. Isn’t time to bring legal action against Rush ?
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