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Editorial is right to speak out against censorship

Editorial is right to speak out against censorship

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As a conservative, I agree with editors of the Post-Dispatch about as frequently as total solar eclipses occur in St. Louis. I have to however give very high praise to the editorial "First Amendment under attack" (Aug. 18). It is well-written and speaking to the heart of this matter.

I will be surprised if the paper is not criticized by those on the left who feel they have the right to determine what is hate speech (viewpoints they disagree with) and further have the right to not only censor but punish those who use it. Sadly there are already versions of this policy in parts of the socialist paradise of Europe. I believe the only speech that should be censored are direct calls for violence against others.

I note also that the ACLU has at least gotten this issue right. It indeed helped the right-wing radicals schedule the protest in Charlottesville, Va. I'm sure it  disagreed with their message. That's exactly the point.

Thanks for this rare phenomenon; I'll think of the editorial when I watch the eclipse Monday.

Chuck Freeman  •  Festus

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Last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, along with the threat of future protests by white supremacist groups, have sparked a national debate about placing legal limits on hate speech. The suggestion is that some views are so abhorrent that they should be banned. As long as it’s still legal to do so, we’d like to declare our abhorrence at the suggestion.

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