As I learned about the details of the Arizona shooting over the weekend, and that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was one of the targets on Sarah Palin's political hit list, I tweeted that Palin "should be arrested for inciting a political assassination attempt." I then spent the next several hours defending my position.
The idea of censorship was raised by some. Who gets to decide what's "acceptable" when it comes to political speech? some asked.
Having had to defend my books against would-be censors on several occasions, I'm particularly sensitive to this charge, so it gave me pause. But writers self-censor our work when we believe it's necessary. Shouldn't politicians and shock jocks be held to the same standard and be accountable for what they say?
The rest of this op-ed piece can be found at AOL NEWS: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/10/opinion-a-call-to-drop-the-crosshairs/
You might be surprised at the vehement response to my call for a "return to reasoned debate." I know I was. And it makes me wonder if we'll ever be able to return to reasoned debate in this country again.
Many thanks to Red Room's Gina Misiroglu, who connected me with the people at AOL News. And thanks to Red Room for its ongoing commitment to its authors.