John Howard Lawson
John Howard Lawson (September 25, 1894 – August 11, 1977) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and Communist. He is known for being one of the "Hollywood Ten", who were blacklisted for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
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- I am not on trial here, Mr. Chairman. This committee is on trial here before the American people. Let us get that straight.
- (Directed at Committee Chairman, J. Parnell Thomas), testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) of the US House of Representatives (October 27, 1947).
- You believe in freedom of speech for communists because what they say is true. You do not believe in freedom of speech for fascists because what they say is a lie.
- Speaking to the rest of the Hollywood Ten during their preparation for testimony, in answer to a hypothetical prosecution ploy, "Do you believe in free speech for fascists?" Quoted in Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten by Edward Dmytryk (1996, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL), p. 114.