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In my previous post, I asked whether or not the US would follow the UK in extending their anti-discrimination laws.  My first post on this topic is linked here: https://libertyandthegospel.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/nonsense-in-the-uk-will-the-us-quickly-follow/

It is important to keep in mind that things like this have already happened in the US before.  Worse, actually.

In World War I, Sedition acts were passed, which created eight new criminal offenses: ” including uttering, printing, writing, or publishing any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language intended to cause contempt, scorn, contumely, or disrespect for the U.S. government or the Constitution.”  (See http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O126-EspionagendSdtnctsfWrldWr.html). These laws were interpreted to mean that any criticism of the War in Europe or trying to dissuade people from buying government bonds was criminally punishable.

Ironically, such a law is in and of itself showing disrespect for the Constitution, which says:

 

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.

 

 

Whenever a law is proposed to limit freedom of speech, especially to protect agents of  the State from criticism, tyranny is likely on the way.  It happened in World War I.  Its already happening in Canada and Europe with “hate speech” laws.  And unless Americans stand up for principles and refuse to compromise, and unless the police put morality and the constitution above laws written by bureaucrats, it will happen to us again.

 

 

 

 

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