Tim Robbins doesn’t back down

April 27th, 2003 – 8:50 pm
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“Our ability to disagree, and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are. To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to acknowledge our democracy’s defeat. These are challenging times. There is a wave of hate that seeks to divide us — right and left, pro-war and anti-war. In the name of my 11-year-old nephew, and all the other unreported victims of this hostile and unproductive environment of fear, let us try to find our common ground as a nation. Let us celebrate this grand and glorious experiment that has survived for 227 years. To do so we must honor and fight vigilantly for the things that unite us — like freedom, the First Amendment and, yes, baseball.”

As you may have heard, the Baseball Hall of Fame recently canceled a planned fifteenth anniversary celebration of the movie Bull Durham, apparently because of the outspoken anti-war activism of stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. A week later Tim Robbins spoke at the National Press club, and gave a great speech about the America of today, and what he thinks the country really stands for. I’d suggest reading it, and, if you like what he has to say, maybe going out and finding a copy of Bob Roberts too.

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