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Everyone should have the First Amendment right

Everyone should have the First Amendment right

Recently The Marietta Times in the “Our Opinion” column ran the following… “Fight for free speech is always appropriate.” Therefore, shouldn’t everyone have the right to “fight” for their opportunity to express their opinion regardless of one’s viewpoint, regardless of the subject matter, with the exceptions of salacious views and/or defamatory comments? The First Amendment gives every individual that given right! Sadly, many in the vast media army are choosing the topics they consider appropriate for “freedom of speech.” Apparently, Christianity is not one of those subjects. Shouldn’t all people, including Christians, be given the opportunity to exercise the right of Freedom of Speech?

Deciding what should be said or not said is restricting the First Amendment’s freedom. Attempting to appease those who disagree with other beliefs or viewpoints is not a function for the First Amendment. Deciding to restrict thought and free speech on a specific subject is considered the task of media and it is blatantly wrong. Regrettably, many people think otherwise. Shouldn’t everyone have the use of the First Amendment Right including Christians? Yet many of those who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through various media modes are stifled … yes, even censored.

William O. Douglas, the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court, said, “Restrictions of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

Indeed, the freedom of speech on different subjects – religion, politics, God, etc. – can upset, infuriate, and make people uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we, being citizens of America, having been granted the right to exercise our Freedom of Speech, should be given the opportunity and liberty to freely exercise the First Amendment regardless of the subject matter, Christianity included! After all, doesn’t the article in “Our Opinion” column say that to “fight for free speech is always appropriate”? Indeed, it is!

Nancy Hamilton

Marietta

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