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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

Obama film uproar about suppression

By Jay Haumersen | Nov 01, 2012

To the editor:

Why suppress a film viewing?

First and foremost, thank you Rustin Lippincott and the FACC Board for setting personal feelings aside and trying to do what is right, making FACC an available and open venue to the community. And, thank you to Best Western, likewise, for accommodating the viewing of “Dreams From My Real Father,” by Joel Gilbert. And, certainly, thanks to Joseph S. Perna for not giving up his 1st amendment rights.

When we disagree on information, or an opinion, I can come up with three distinct ways to choose from to respond to such information or opinion. 1) I can choose to ignore it. In doing so I take the position that it is trivial to me, that its value is less than whatever else I am doing; or that I do not have strong opposing or alternative information and do not want to bring more attention to it. 2) I can choose to respond to it, directly or indirectly, with refuting information. In doing this I challenge the information or opinion such that either stronger opposing information will be needed to convince me that my position is incorrect, or concede that the offered information is flawed. 3) I can choose to try and suppress it. Why would anyone want to suppress information? One reason is a bit insulting, though could be true in some cases; you’re just not smart enough to understand it at this time. Another reason is that you will not benefit from knowing the information, and knowing could negatively impact the quality of life you enjoy, such as a moon sized asteroid will destroy the earth in 30 days (whole other ethical question of suppressing that). Another reason to suppress information is that the information is in opposition to your beliefs, you have no refuting or alternative information to offer, and you want to protect your beliefs in spite of that information.

I was not going to the screening originally, when scheduled at FACC. I had other things going on I felt more important. It wasn’t until attempts to suppress its public showing that I became curious. Why try suppressing something that could have been ignored, or publicly refuted, even refuted at the screenings during discussion? I did end up going to one of the screenings at the Best Western, and I’m glad I did. It was not what I expected. And, in the end, it made the reason for trying to suppress it by those that disagree with it, rather than ignore or refute it, understandable. When we don’t agree with something important to us, we tend to expose the lies and bury the truths.

 

— Jay Haumersen, Fairfield

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