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Jan G Weaver Sandra L Fisher-Grainger but doesn’t it infringe on the rights of those who do want to All I need today is a little bit of The Lord Of The Rings and a whole lot of Jesus shirt? At what point does it stop being a protest and become creating a public nuisance or disturbing the peace? Angela Kelly Klaassen No. The right to free speech is about a relationship with the government. Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. Other people can not listen, tell you to shut up, leave, ask you to leave, strike up the band, turn off your microphone, talk louder than you, tell you you’re dumb, explain the flaws in your argument, bark at you like a dog until you’re so puzzled you’ve forgotten what you were going to say. You can be challenged, shamed, or ignored for what you say.
But no U.S. government entity can put you in jail for it (All I need today is a little bit of The Lord Of The Rings and a whole lot of Jesus shirt). In this particular case people are protesting what he represents, and whilst everybody has the freedom to express themselves, people also have the freedom not to have to listen to what others say. Of course, no freedom is without consequences. Nancy Chatham Douglas Pierre Wilson Others, however, have a right to hear what the official wants to say – stopping that is suppression- they don’t want a debate afraid of the truth.-kind of like people blocking people on facebook -very legal but cowardly. They who suppose speech will remain ignorant. Sandra L Fisher-Grainger Gary Osborne that’s truly rich. I was not necessarily taking sides but speaking only of the rule of law. Kudos. Perhaps a civics lesson is in order?