Kerry defends 'right to be stupid' in Berlin [VIDEO]

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM  |  Updated Feb. 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM   |   Comments

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry, in Berlin on the second leg of his first foreign trip since taking over as chief diplomat, took the opportunity to give a ringing defense of free speech.

It's a sentiment often expressed, but perhaps not quite as bluntly as Kerry chose to do it:

"In America," he said, "you have the right to be stupid."

Conservative commentators at Breitbart, Drudge and National Review gleefully jumped on Kerry's remarks.


But in Germany, where the Nazi Party is banned, America's tolerance of that organization and others can be baffling.

Kerry's comments are an unabashed defense of the First Amendment, reminding friends and allies abroad of values that allow for videos like the one that sparked protests across the Middle East in September and actions of groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church.

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