Curtain Raiser

I know a lot of people on the right don’t usually agree with the ACLU, but this time they can’t complain. — YUR

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Banning Speech Empowers Hate, Colltalers

Terrorism, which in America is led now by a re-enabled white supremacy movement, seems to propose a challenge to the constitutional idea of free speech. But despite its complexities, it shouldn’t. The distinction between crime and freedom of expression is already in our DNA.
It’s actually been all by settled even before the Constitution, in what’s known as the Boston Massacre trials, by no other but a founding father, John Adams. Just as he defended in court a group British soldiers, the ACLU is fulfilling its role, by defending everyone’s right to congregate.
The issue has become a contentious one again, since the treasured, and nearly centenarian, civil liberties institution represented the organizer of the Nazi rally in Charlotesville. The violent gathering caused widespread injuries, and the death by car of rights activist Heather Heyer.
The ACLU, however, is not above criticism. It’s announced changes…

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3 Responses to “Curtain Raiser”


  1. 1 ejwo321 August 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Yes free speech is at the heart of our government. I can’t disagree more with or be more upset by the white supremacists’ beliefs. But,of course, they have the right to say those hateful words. I do think a very heavy police presence to keep the two groups physically separated was and will be necessary to prevent injury. Unfortunately, I think those white groups feel emboldened and we’re going to have more rallies.

  2. 3 unclerave August 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Well, they tried to hold one in Boston, recently, but it petered out, and it became a non-event. We’ve had various Klan and Nazi rallies throughout my lifetime, but they seldom resulted in violence, because the police did what they were supposed to do! — YUR


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