One of the great things about our country is the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights. Right now, we are seeing a major assault on our freedom of speech. There is a growing belief among the Left that anything they disagree with is hate speech and should be banned.
If there is one place in society that ought to be open to the exchange of ideas, it is our college campuses. Sadly, that is becoming less and less common. Some place liberal politics and political correctness above education. People have been assaulted because of their views.
Social media has often silenced conservatives. A church wanted to place an ad but was turned down because displaying a crucifix was considered to be violent imagery. There is some hope here. I was pleased that Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would not impose its judgment on whether political ads are accurate.
A presidential candidate is a strong supporter of limiting free speech. She has asked Twitter to close President Trump’s account. Apparently, she believes the First Amendment applies only to people that think like her.
A Massachusetts legislator has gone a step further. He introduced a bill that would provide for a fine or imprisonment for using the word bitch “to accost, annoy, degrade or demean”. He seems to view women as weak, helpless people who need his protection. Political correctness and identity politics are all about telling people they are powerless and need others to protect them. Our political leaders should try to empower people.
We all lose whenever someone is denied their First Amendment rights even if we strongly disagree with what they are saying.