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Fight all attempts to stifle free speech


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 11, 2021 - 3:43 PM

In a recent column in the NTH, Lawrence Reed discussed “‘progressive’ or leftist/socialist Intimidation” as a threat to freedom of speech.

Not all attacks on free speech are coming from the left. In some parts of the country, people are trying to ban the teaching of "critical race theory" (even if it's not clear that they understand what that is) in an apparent attempt to prevent an honest discussion of racism. In other places laws are being passed that allow drivers to run down peaceful protesters.

Police have arrested reporters who were covering protests. The mic was cut on an address by a retired Army officer when he started talking about how freed black slaves honored fallen soldiers after the Civil War.

Free speech is essential. It's important to fight all attempts to stifle it.

Bill Boyd

Newnan