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Letter: Freedom of speech is not without its restrictions

In general, I agree with the points made by the Aug. 17 letter writer, “First, it will be Jones, and then the rest of us.” The main problem is that most Americans believe they have unrestricted rights to freedom of speech.

The First Amendment doesn’t actually say that.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

It keeps the government from restricting free speech but that’s it.

Businesses can have their own terms of use and if in their opinion you have violated them they can take action.

All you can do it point it out and maybe start a boycott or shame campaign against the business.

The one comment made that “Restricting an individual’s First Amendment right is not what is done in a free Republic. These are the types of limitations you will see in a Socialist or Communist Country.”

That’s true but also true for fascist and theocratic governments.

Jim Connell


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