Thursday, January 17, 2008

No Free Speech At The Liberty Bell

The guy was some xtian ranting against abortion, but who cares? Free speech means the right to express yourself, or it doesn't, period. No ordinances, no petty whims, no bullying cops, no "free speech zones". Tad ironic that the Liberty Bell means nothing more to the authorities than a tourist draw to peddle trinkets and baubles.

"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 for a redress of grievances."
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

“Due to policy changes freedom of religion and speech are now prohibited anywhere on the public park grounds without a permit, and only then if in the designated ‘free speech zone.’”
Michael Marcavage, describing park policy as explained to him over the telephone by the chief of park rangers at the Liberty Bell Center


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