Thank God the spirit of these wonderful laws is alive and well in the Patriot Acts. JJ, you rock.
I'm sorry to be the downer, but come on - these two examples aren't exactly fair. Whoopi got fired not because she "stated her opinion" of Bush, but because she used nasty comments to get it across and SlimFast got some complaints from customers. Now if you had to handle this situation, what would you do? Dump Whoopi or lose some customers? SlimFast wasn't saying Whoopi can't say what she wants, rather just responding in a way to best prevent the company from feeling any impact from her remarks. I'll bet they don't give a damn who she supports. They just don't like their covergirl saying things that offend their customers and result in complaints and threatened loss of customers (profit), regardless of who she directs her commments at. Same with Linda. She wasn't kicked out because what she was spouting off happened to fall to the left. She was kicked out because what she said pissed off some patrons and the casino didn't like that. After all, the patrons are where the casino gets its money. Some argue that there were those in the crowd that supported her comments. That doesn't really matter, though, if there were also some who didn't. The casino had every right to ask her to leave - not for liberal speech - but because she could have cost the casino business. Freedom of speech is still alive and well in America, guys. Gimme a break.
Besides, the result is the same. Whether to save customers or because you don't like what Whoopi said, she was censored.